Cross Reference Bible

World English Bible

< Chapter 5 | JOB index | Chapter 7 >

Job 6

See commentary, If I Have Sinned, What Have I Done To You, Lord?, Job 5-8     |     See Bible Dictionary

Job shews that his complaints are not causeless.

6:1 Then Job answered,

6:2 “Oh that my anguish were weighed,
and all my calamity laid in the balances!

6:3 For now it would be heavier than the sand of the seas,
therefore have my words been rash.

6:4 For the arrows of the Almighty are within me.
My spirit drinks up their poison.
The terrors of God set themselves in array against me.

6:5 Does the wild donkey bray when he has grass?
Or does the ox low over his fodder?

6:6 Can that which has no flavor be eaten without salt?
Or is there any taste in the white of an egg?

6:7 My soul refuses to touch them.
They are as loathsome food to me.

He wishes for death, wherein he is assured of comfort.

6:8 “Oh that I might have my request,
that God would grant the thing that I long for,

6:9 even that it would please God to crush me;
that he would let loose his hand, and cut me off!

6:10 Be it still my consolation,
yes, let me exult in pain that doesn’t spare,
that I have not denied the words of the Holy One.

6:11 What is my strength, that I should wait?
What is my end, that I should be patient?

6:12 Is my strength the strength of stones?
Or is my flesh of brass?

6:13 Isn’t it that I have no help in me,
That wisdom is driven quite from me?

He reproves his friends of unkindness.

6:14 “To him who is ready to faint, kindness should be shown from his friend;
even to him who forsakes the fear of the Almighty.

6:15 My brothers have dealt deceitfully as a brook,
as the channel of brooks that pass away;

6:16 Which are black by reason of the ice,
in which the snow hides itself.

6:17 In the dry season, they vanish.
When it is hot, they are consumed out of their place.

6:18 The caravans that travel beside them turn aside.
They go up into the waste, and perish.

6:19 The caravans of Tema looked.
The companies of Sheba waited for them.

6:20 They were distressed because they were confident.
They came there, and were confounded.

6:21 For now you are nothing.
You see a terror, and are afraid.

6:22 Did I say, ‘Give to me?’
or, ‘Offer a present for me from your substance?’

6:23 or, ‘Deliver me from the adversary’s hand?’
or, ‘Redeem me from the hand of the oppressors?’

6:24 “Teach me, and I will hold my peace.
Cause me to understand wherein I have erred.

6:25 How forcible are words of uprightness!
But your reproof, what does it reprove?

6:26 Do you intend to reprove words,
seeing that the speeches of one who is desperate are as wind?

6:27 Yes, you would even cast lots for the fatherless,
and make merchandise of your friend.

6:28 Now therefore be pleased to look at me,
for surely I shall not lie to your face.

6:29 Please return.
Let there be no injustice.
Yes, return again.
My cause is righteous.

6:30 Is there injustice on my tongue?
Can’t my taste discern mischievous things?

< Chapter 5 | Job index | Chapter 7 >