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Job: My Complaint is Just

6 Then Job answered and said:

2 “Oh, that my grief were fully weighed,

And my calamity laid with it on the scales!

3 For then it would be heavier than the sand of the sea—

Therefore my words have been rash.

4 aFor the arrows of the Almighty are within me;

My spirit drinks in their poison;

bThe terrors of God are arrayed cagainst me.

5 Does the dwild donkey bray when it has grass,

Or does the ox low over its fodder?

6 Can flavorless food be eaten without salt?

Or is there any taste in the white of an egg?

7 My soul refuses to touch them;

They are as loathsome food to me.

8 “Oh, that I might have my request,

That God would grant me the thing that I long for!

9 That it would please God to crush me,

That He would loose His hand and ecut me off!

10 Then I would still have comfort;

Though in anguish I would exult,

He will not spare;

For fI have not concealed the words of gthe Holy One.

11 “What strength do I have, that I should hope?

And what is my end, that I should prolong my life?

12 Is my strength the strength of stones?

Or is my flesh bronze?

13 Is my help not within me?

And is success driven from me?

14 “To hhim who is 1afflicted, kindness should be shown by his friend,

Even though he forsakes the fear of the Almighty.

15 iMy brothers have dealt deceitfully like a brook,

jLike the streams of the brooks that pass away,

16 Which are dark because of the ice,

And into which the snow vanishes.

17 When it is warm, they cease to flow;

When it is hot, they vanish from their place.

18 The paths of their way turn aside,

They go nowhere and perish.

19 The caravans of kTema look,

The travelers of lSheba hope for them.

20 They are mdisappointed 2because they were confident;

They come there and are confused.

21 For now nyou are nothing,

You see terror and oare afraid.

22 Did I ever say, ‘Bring something to me’?

Or, ‘Offer a bribe for me from your wealth’?

23 Or, ‘Deliver me from the enemy’s hand’?

Or, ‘Redeem me from the hand of oppressors’?

24 “Teach me, and I will hold my tongue;

Cause me to understand wherein I have erred.

25 How forceful are right words!

But what does your arguing prove?

26 Do you intend to rebuke my words,

And the speeches of a desperate one, which are as wind?

27 Yes, you overwhelm the fatherless,

And you pundermine your friend.

28 Now therefore, be pleased to look at me;

For I would never lie to your face.

29 qYield now, let there be no injustice!

Yes, concede, my rrighteousness 3still stands!

30 Is there injustice on my tongue?

Cannot my 4taste discern the unsavory?


About The New King James Version

The New King James Version is a total update of the 1611 King James Version, also known as the "Authorized Version." Every attempt has been made to maintain the beauty of the original version while updating the English grammar to contemporary style and usage. The result is much better "readability." It is noteworthy that the NKJV is one of the few modern translations still based on the "Western" or "Byzantine" manuscript tradition. This makes the New King James Version an invaluable aid to comparative English Bible study.


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