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1THEN JOB answered,

2Oh, that my impatience {and} vexation might be [thoroughly] weighed and all my calamity be laid up over against them in the balances, one against the other [to see if my grief is unmanly]!

3For now it would be heavier than the sand of the sea; therefore my words have been rash {and} wild,

4[But it is] because the arrows of the Almighty are within me, the poison which my spirit drinks up; the terrors of God set themselves in array against me.

5Does the wild ass bray when it has grass? Or does the ox low over its fodder?

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

7[These afflictions] my soul refuses to touch! Such things are like diseased food to me [sickening and repugnant]!

8Oh, that I might have my request, and that God would grant me the thing that I long for!

9I even wish that it would please God to crush me, that He would let loose His hand and cut me off!

10Then would I still have consolation--yes, I would leap [for joy] amid unsparing pain [though I shrink from it]--that I have not concealed {or} denied the words of the Holy One!

11What strength have I left, that I should wait {and} hope? And what is ahead of me, that I should be patient?

12Is my strength {and} endurance that of stones? Or is my flesh made of bronze?

13Is it not that I have no help in myself, and that wisdom is quite driven from me?

14To him who is about to faint {and} despair, kindness is due from his friend, lest he forsake the fear of the Almighty.

15[You] my brethren have dealt deceitfully as a brook, as the channel of brooks that pass away,

16Which are black {and} turbid by reason of the ice, {and} in which the snows hides itself;

17When they get warm, they shrink {and} disappear; when it is hot, they vanish out of their place.

18The caravans which travel by way of them turn aside; they go into the waste places and perish. [Such is my disappointment in you, the friends I fully trusted.]

19The caravans of Tema looked [for water], the companies of Sheba waited for them [in vain].

20They were confounded because they had hoped [to find water]; they came there and were bitterly disappointed.

21Now to me you are [like a dried-up brook]; you see my dismay {and} terror, and [believing me to be a victim of God's anger] you are afraid [to sympathize with me].

22Did I ever say, Bring me a gift, or Pay a bribe on my account from your wealth

23To deliver me from the adversary's hand, or Redeem me from the hand of the oppressors?

24Teach me, and I will hold my peace; and cause me to understand wherein I have erred.

25How forcible are words of straightforward speech! But what does your arguing argue {and} prove {or} your reproof reprove?

26Do you imagine your words to be an argument, but the speeches of one who is desperate to be as wind?

27Yes, you would cast lots over the fatherless and bargain away your friend.

28Now be pleased to look upon me, that it may be evident to you if I lie [for surely I would not lie to your face].

29Return [from your suspicion], I pray you, let there be no injustice; yes, return again [to confidence in me], my vindication is in it.

30Is there wrong on my tongue? Cannot my taste discern what is destructive?

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