Job Continues: A Plea to God
1“I #[ch. 7:16; 9:21; Num. 11:15; 1 Kgs. 19:4] loathe my life;
I will give free utterance to my #ch. 21:4; 23:2 complaint;
I will speak in #See ch. 7:11the bitterness of my soul.
2I will say to God, Do not #ch. 9:29 condemn me;
let me know why you #ch. 9:3contend against me.
3 # ch. 13:9; Ps. 89:38 Does it seem good to you to oppress,
to despise #ch. 14:15; Ps. 138:8; Isa. 64:8 the work of your hands
# [ch. 9:24] and favor the designs of the wicked?
4Have you #[John 8:15] eyes of flesh?
1 Sam. 16:7
Do you see as man sees?
5Are your days as the days of man,
or your #ch. 36:26; Ps. 77:10; [Ps. 90:4; 2 Pet. 3:8]years as a man’s years,
6that you #[ch. 14:16]seek out my iniquity
and search for my sin,
7although you #[ch. 2:3, 9] know that I am not guilty,
and there is #Deut. 32:39; Isa. 43:13none to deliver out of your hand?
Your hands fashioned and made me,
and now you have destroyed me altogether.
9Remember that you have made me like #See ch. 4:17 clay;
and will you return me to the #ch. 34:15; Gen. 2:7; 3:19; Ps. 146:4; Eccles. 12:7dust?
10Did you not pour me out like milk
and curdle me like cheese?
11You clothed me with skin and flesh,
and knit me together with bones and sinews.
12You have granted me life and steadfast love,
and your care has preserved my spirit.
13Yet these things you hid in your heart;
I know that #ch. 23:14; 27:11this was your purpose.
14If I sin, you #ch. 13:27; 33:11; Ps. 130:3 watch me
and do not #ch. 9:28acquit me of my iniquity.
Isa. 3:11 If I am guilty, woe to me!
If I am #ch. 9:15 in the right, I cannot lift up my head,
for I am filled with disgrace
and #[Ps. 25:18]look on my affliction.
16And were my head lifted up,#10:16 Hebrew lacks my head you would hunt me like #ch. 28:8; Hos. 5:14; 13:7; [Isa. 38:13] a lion
and again work #[ch. 5:9]wonders against me.
17You renew your #[ch. 16:8; Ruth 1:21] witnesses against me
and increase your vexation toward me;
you #[ch. 19:12]bring fresh troops against me.
18 # ch. 3:11; [ch. 3:3] “Why did you bring me out from the womb?
Would that I had died before any eye had seen me
and were as though I had not been,
carried from the womb to the grave.
20 # See ch. 14:1 Are not my days few?
# See ch. 7:16 Then cease, and leave me alone, #ch. 9:27; Ps. 39:13that I may find a little cheer
21before I go—and #[ch. 16:22; 2 Sam. 12:23] I shall not return—
to the land of #ch. 30:26; Ps. 88:12 darkness and #See ch. 3:5deep shadow,
22the land of gloom like thick darkness,
like deep shadow without any order,
where light is as thick darkness.”