1Then Job answered:
8"O that I might have my request,
and that God would grant my desire;
9that it would please God to crush me,
that he would let loose his hand and cut me off!
10This would be my consolation;
I would even exult in pain unsparing;
for I have not denied the words of the Holy One.
11What is my strength, that I should wait?
And what is my end, that I should be patient?
12Is my strength the strength of stones,
or is my flesh bronze?
13In truth I have no help in me,
and any resource is driven from me.
14"He who withholds kindness from a friend
forsakes the fear of the Almighty.
15My brethren are treacherous
as a torrent-bed, as freshets that pass away,
16which are dark with ice,
and where the snow hides itself.
17In time of heat they disappear;
when it is hot, they vanish from their place.
18The caravans turn aside from their course;
they go up into the waste, and perish.
19The caravans of Tema look,
the travelers of Sheba hope.
20They are disappointed because they were confident;
they come thither and are confounded.
21Such you have now become to me;
you see my calamity, and are afraid.
22Have I said, 'Make me a gift'?
Or, 'From your wealth offer a bribe for me'?
23Or, 'Deliver me from the adversary's hand'?
Or, 'Ransom me from the hand of oppressors'?
24"Teach me, and I will be silent;
make me understand how I have erred.
25How forceful are honest words!
But what does reproof from you reprove?
26Do you think that you can reprove words,
when the speech of a despairing man is wind?
27You would even cast lots over the fatherless,
and bargain over your friend.
28"But now, be pleased to look at me;
for I will not lie to your face.
29Turn, I pray, let no wrong be done.
Turn now, my vindication is at stake.
30Is there any wrong in my tongue?
Cannot my taste discern calamity?
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