Job Cries For Justice
1Job responded and said:
2“If only my grief could be weighed and my calamity placed on the scales.
3For it outweighs the sands of the sea; that is why my words have been rash.
4For the arrows of Shaddai are in me, my spirit drinks in their poison; God’s terrors line up against me.
5Does a wild donkey bray over fresh grass or an ox bellow over his fodder?
6Is something bland eaten without salt, is there taste in the white of an egg?
7My soul refuses to touch them; they are like sickening food to me.
8Oh that my request would be realized, that God would grant my hope;
9that God would be willing to crush me, to release His hand, and cut me off!
10Then I would still be comforted, even rejoice in spite of unrelenting pain, for I have not denied the words of the Holy One.
11“What is my strength, that I should hope? What is my end, that I should endure?
12Is my strength the strength of rock? Is my flesh bronze?
13Is there no help within me; has not success been banished from me?
14“A despairing person should have the kindness of his friend, even if he forsakes the fear of Shaddai.
15My brothers have acted deceptively, as a seasonal stream, as a torrential stream that overflows
16when darkened by thawing ice, and obscured by snow,
17but when they are scorched, they dry up, and in the heat, they vanish from their place.
18Caravans turn aside from their course; they go up into the wasteland and perish.
19The caravans of Tema looked intently, the travelers of Sheba hoped for them.
20They were distressed because they had been confident; they came so far and were disappointed.
21“Indeed, now you have become nothing; you see a terror and are afraid.
22Have I ever said, ‘Give to me’ or ‘Pay a bribe for me from your wealth’
23or ‘Save me from the enemy’s hand’ or ‘Redeem me from a ruthless hand’?
24“Teach me, and I will be silent; explain to me how I have been wrong.
25Honest words are painful, but what does your arguing prove?
26Do you intend to correct my words, and treat the words of a despairing man as wind?
27Would you cast lots for an orphan, and barter over your friend?
28“Now be so kind as to look at me; I will not lie to your face.
29Relent, do not be unjust; reconsider, for my righteousness is in it.
30Is injustice on my tongue? Can my palate not discern evil?”