Job Despairs of God's Dealings
1 "I F91 loathe my own life;
I will give full vent to my complaint;
I will speak in the bitterness of my soul.
2 "I will say to God, `Do not condemn me;
Let me know why You contend with me.
3 `Is it right for You indeed to oppress,
To reject the labor of Your hands,
And to look favorably on the schemes of the wicked?
4 `Have You eyes of flesh?
Or do You see as a man sees?
5 `Are Your days as the days of a mortal,
Or Your years as man's years,
6 That You should seek for my guilt
And search after my sin?
7 `According to Your knowledge I am indeed not guilty,
Yet there is no deliverance from Your hand.
8 `Your hands fashioned and made me altogether,
And would You destroy me?
9 `Remember now, that You have made me as clay;
And would You turn 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 me life and lovingkindness;
And Your care has preserved my spirit.
13 `Yet these things You have concealed in Your heart;
I know that this is within You:
14 If I sin, then You would take note of me,
And would not acquit me of my guilt.
15 `If I am wicked, woe to me!
And if I am righteous, I dare not lift up my head.
I am sated with disgrace and conscious of my misery.
16 `Should my head be lifted up, You would hunt me like a lion;
And again You would show Your power against me.
17 `You renew Your witnesses against me
And increase Your anger toward me;
Hardship F96 after hardship is with me.
18 `Why 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 few days alone?
Withdraw F97 from me that I may have a little cheer
21 Before I go--and I shall not return--
To the land of darkness and deep shadow,
22 The land of utter gloom as darkness itself,
Of deep shadow without order,
And which shines as the darkness."