Job's Friends Are No Help
1 Then Job answered, F46
2 "Oh R123 that my grief were actually weighed
And laid in the balances together with my calamity!
3 "For then it would be heavier R124 than the sand of the seas;
Therefore my words have been rash.
4 "For the arrows R125 of the Almighty are within me,
Their F47 poison R126 my spirit drinks;
The terrors R127 of God are arrayed against me.
5 "Does the wild R128 donkey bray over his grass,
Or does the ox low over his fodder?
6 "Can something tasteless be eaten without salt,
Or is there any taste in the white F48 of an egg?
7 "My soul refuses R129 to touch them;
They are like loathsome food to me.
8 "Oh that my request might come to pass,
And that God would grant my longing!
9 "Would that God were willing R130 to crush me,
That He would loose His hand and cut me off!
10 "But it is still my consolation,
And I rejoice in unsparing pain,
That I have R131 not denied F49 the words of the Holy One.
11 "What is my strength, that I should wait?
And what is my end, that I should endure? R132 F50
12 "Is my strength the strength of stones,
Or is my flesh bronze?
13 "Is it that my help R133 is not within me,
And that deliverance R134 F51 is driven from me?
14 "For the despairing R135 man there should be kindness from his friend;
So that he does not forsake R136 the fear F52 of the Almighty.
15 "My brothers have acted deceitfully R137 like a wadi, F53
Like the torrents of wadis F53 which vanish,
16 Which are turbid because of ice
And into which the snow melts. F54
17 "When they R138 become waterless, they are F55 silent,
When it is hot, they vanish from their place.
18 "The paths F56 of their course wind along,
They go up into nothing and perish.
19 "The caravans of Tema R139 looked,
The travelers of Sheba R140 hoped for them.
20 "They were R141 disappointed F57 for they had trusted,
They came there and were confounded.
21 "Indeed, you have now become such,
You R142 see a terror and are afraid.
22 "Have I said, `Give me something,'
Or, `Offer a bribe for me from your wealth,'
23 Or, `Deliver me from the hand of the adversary,'
Or, `Redeem me from the hand of the tyrants'?
24 "Teach me, and I R143 will be silent;
And show me how I have erred.
25 "How painful are honest words!
But what does your argument prove?
26 "Do you intend to reprove my words,
When the words R144 of one in despair belong to the wind?
27 "You would even cast R145 lots for the R146 orphans
And barter R147 over your friend.
28 "Now please look at me,
And see if I lie R148 to your face.
29 "Desist now, let there be no injustice;
Even desist, my R149 righteousness is yet in it.
30 "Is there injustice on my tongue?
Cannot my R150 palate discern calamities? F58
F46: Lit answered and said
F47: Lit Whose
F48: Hebrew hallamuth, meaning uncertain. Perhaps the juice of a plant
F49: Lit hidden
F50: Lit prolong my soul
F51: So ancient versions
F52: Or reverence
F53: Or brooks
F53: Or brooks
F54: Lit hides itself
F55: Or cease
F56: Or caravans turn from their course, they go up into the waste and perish
F57: Lit ashamed
F58: Or words
R123: Job 1:31:6
R124: Job 1:23:2
R125: Job 1:16:13; Psalms 38:2
R126: Job 1:20:16; 21:20
R127: Job 1:30:15
R128: Job 1:39:5-8
R129: Job 1:3:24; 33:20
R130: Numbers 11:15; 1 Kings 19:4; Job 1:7:16; 9:21; 10:1
R131: Job 1:22:22; 23:11,12
R132: Job 1:21:4
R133: Job 1:26:2
R134: Job 1:26:3
R135: Job 1:4:5
R136: Job 1:1:5; 15:4
R137: Jeremiah 15:18
R138: Job 1:24:19
R139: Genesis 25:15; Isaiah 21:14; Jeremiah 25:23
R140: Job 1:1:15
R141: Jeremiah 14:3
R142: Psalms 38:11
R143: Psalms 39:1
R144: Job 1:8:2; 15:2; 16:3
R145: Joel 3:3; Nahum 3:10
R146: Job 1:22:9; 24:3,9
R147: 2 Peter 2:3
R148: Job 1:27:4; 33:3; 36:4
R149: Job 1:13:18; 19:6; 23:10; 27:5,6; 34:5; 42:1-6
R150: Job 1:12:11