1 But Job answered and said,

2 Oh that my grief were throughly weighed, and my calamity laid in the balances together! {laid: Heb. lifted up}

3 For now it would be heavier than the sand of the sea: therefore my words are swallowed up. {my words...: that is, I want words to express my grief}

4 For 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.

5 Doth the wild ass bray when he hath grass? or loweth the ox over his fodder? {when he...: Heb. at grass?}

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

7 The things {that} my soul refused to touch {are} as my sorrowful meat.

8 Oh that I might have my request; and that God would grant {me} the thing that I long for! {the thing...: Heb. my expectation}

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

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

11 What {is} my strength, that I should hope? and what {is} mine end, that I should prolong my life?

12 {Is} my strength the strength of stones? or {is} my flesh of brass? {of brass: Heb. brasen?}

13 {Is} not my help in me? and is wisdom driven quite from me?

14 To him that is afflicted pity {should be shewed} from his friend; but he forsaketh the fear of the Almighty. {is afflicted: Heb. melteth}

15 My brethren have dealt deceitfully as a brook, {and} as the stream of brooks they pass away;

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

17 What time they wax warm, they vanish: when it is hot, they are consumed out of their place. {vanish: Heb. are cut off} {when...: Heb. in the heat thereof} {consumed: Heb. extinguished}

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

19 The troops of Tema looked, the companies of Sheba waited for them.

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

21 For now ye are nothing; ye see {my} casting down, and are afraid. {ye are...: or, ye are like to them: Heb. to it} {nothing: Heb. not}

22 Did I say, Bring unto me? or, Give a reward for me of your substance?

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

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

25 How forcible are right words! but what doth your arguing reprove?

26 Do ye imagine to reprove words, and the speeches of one that is desperate, {which are} as wind?

27 Yea, ye overwhelm the fatherless, and ye dig {a pit} for your friend. {ye overwhelm: Heb. ye cause to fall upon}

28 Now therefore be content, look upon me; for {it is} evident unto you if I lie. {evident...: Heb. before your face}

29 Return, I pray you, let it not be iniquity; yea, return again, my righteousness {is} in it. {in it: that is, in this matter}

30 Is there iniquity in my tongue? cannot my taste discern perverse things? {my taste: Heb. my palate}