Job Despairs of God's Dealings
1 "I R250 F91 loathe my own life;
I will give full vent to my R251 complaint;
I will speak in the bitterness of my soul.
2 "I will say to God, `Do R252 not condemn me;
Let me know why You contend with me.
3 `Is it right F92 for You indeed to oppress, R253
To reject the R254 labor of Your hands,
And to F93 look favorably on the R255 schemes of the wicked?
4 `Have You eyes of flesh?
Or do You see R256 as a man sees?
5 `Are Your days as the days of a mortal,
Or Your R257 years as man's years,
6 That You R258 should seek for my guilt
And search after my sin?
7 `According to Your knowledge I R259 am indeed not guilty,
Yet there is no R260 deliverance from Your hand.
8 `Your R261 hands fashioned and made me altogether, F94
And R262 would You destroy me?
9 `Remember now, that You have made me as clay; R263
And would You turn R264 me into dust again?
10 `Did You not pour me out like milk
And curdle me like cheese;
11 Clothe me with skin and flesh,
And knit me together with bones and sinews?
12 `You have granted R265 me life and lovingkindness;
And Your care has preserved my spirit.
13 `Yet these R266 things You have concealed in Your heart;
I know that this is within You:
14 If I sin, then You would take R267 note of me,
And would R268 not acquit me of my guilt.
15 `If I R269 am wicked, woe to me!
And if R270 I am righteous, I dare not lift up my head.
I am sated with disgrace and conscious F95 of my misery.
16 `Should my head be lifted up, You R271 would hunt me like a lion;
And again You would show Your power R272 against me.
17 `You renew Your R273 witnesses against me
And increase Your anger toward me;
Hardship R274 F96 after hardship is with me.
18 `Why R275 then have You brought me out of the womb?
Would that I had died and no eye had seen me!
19 `I should have been as though I had not been,
Carried from womb to tomb.'
20 "Would He not let my R276 few days alone?
Withdraw R277 F97 from me that I may have a little cheer
21 Before I go--and R278 I shall not return--
To R279 the land of darkness and deep R280 shadow,
22 The land of utter gloom as darkness itself,
Of deep shadow without order,
And which shines as the darkness."
F91: Lit My soul loathes
F92: Lit good
F93: Lit You shine forth
F94: Lit together round about
F95: Lit see
F96: Lit Changes and warfare are with me
F97: Lit Put
R250: Job 1:7:16
R251: Job 1:7:11
R252: Job 1:9:29
R253: Job 1:9:22-24; 16:11; 19:6; 27:2
R254: Job 1:10:8; 14:15; Psalms 138:8; Isaiah 64:8
R255: Job 1:21:16; 22:18
R256: 1 Samuel 16:7; Job 1:28:24; 34:21
R257: Job 1:36:26
R258: Job 1:14:16
R259: Job 1:9:21; 13:18
R260: Job 1:9:12; 23:13; 27:22
R261: Job 1:10:3; Psalms 119:73
R262: Job 1:9:22
R263: Job 1:4:19; 33:6
R264: Job 1:7:21
R265: Job 1:33:4
R266: Job 1:23:13
R267: Job 1:7:20
R268: Job 1:7:21; 9:28
R269: Job 1:10:7; Isaiah 3:11
R270: Job 1:6:29
R271: Isaiah 38:13; Lamentations 3:10; Hosea 13:7
R272: Job 1:5:9
R273: Ruth 1:21; Job 1:16:8
R274: Job 1:7:1
R275: Job 1:3:11-13
R276: Job 1:14:1
R277: Job 1:7:16,19
R278: 2 Samuel 12:23; Job 1:3:13-19; 16:22
R279: Psalms 88:12
R280: Job 1:10:22; 34:22; 38:17; Psalms 23:4