Job

Job 6 ©

1Job sheweth that his complaints are not causeless: 8he wisheth for death, wherein he is assured of comfort: 14he reproveth his friends of unkindness.

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BUT Job aanswered and said,

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Oh that my grief were bthroughly weighed, and my calamity 1laid in the balances together!

b ch. 23.2,3.
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For now it would be cheavier than the sand of the sea: therefore 2my words are swallowed up.

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dFor the arrows of the Almighty are within me, the poison whereof drinketh up my spirit: the terrors of God do set themselves in array against me.

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Doth the wild ass bray 3when he hath egrass? or loweth the ox over his fodder?

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Can that which is unsavoury be eaten without salt? or is there any taste in the white of an egg?

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The things that my soul refused to touch are as my fsorrowful *meat.

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Oh that I might have gmy request; and that God would grant me 4the thing that I long for!

g v.9.
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hEven that it would please God to destroy me; that he would let loose his hand, and cut me off!

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Then should iI yet have comfort; yea, 5I would harden myself in sorrow: let him not spare; for I jhave not concealed the words of kthe Holy One.

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lWhat is my strength, that I should hope? and what is mine end, that I should prolong my life?

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mIs my strength the strength of stones? or is my flesh 6of brass?

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Is not my help nin me? and is wisdom driven quite from me?

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oTo him that 7is afflicted pity should be shewed pfrom his friend; but he qforsaketh the fear of the Almighty.

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My brethren have rdealt deceitfully as a brook, and as the stream of brooks they pass away;

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Which are blackish by reason of the ice, and wherein the snow is hid:

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What time they wax warm, 8they vanish: 9when it is hot, they are 10consumed out of their place.

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The paths of their way are turned aside; they go to nothing, and perish.

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sThe troops of Tema looked, the companies of tSheba waited for them.

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uThey were confounded because they had hoped; they came thither, and were ashamed.

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11For now ye vare 12nothing; ye wsee my casting down, and are afraid.

v v.15. Ps. 62.9.
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xDid I say, Bring unto me? or, Give a reward for me of your substance?

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Or, yDeliver me from the enemy's hand? or, Redeem me from the hand of the mighty?

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Teach me, and I zwill hold my tongue: and cause me to understand wherein I have erred.

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How forcible are aright words! but bwhat doth your arguing reprove?

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Do ye imagine to reprove words, and the speeches of one that is desperate, which are as cwind?

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Yea, 13ye overwhelm the dfatherless, and ye edig a pit for your friend.

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Now therefore be content, look upon me; for it is 14evident unto you if fI lie.

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gReturn, I pray you, let it not be iniquity; yea, return again, my righteousness is 15in it.

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hIs there iniquity in my tongue? cannot 16my taste discern perverse things?