6:1 Then Job answered,
6:2 “Oh that my anguish were weighed, and all my calamity laid in the balances!
6:3 For now it would be heavier than the sand of the seas, therefore have my words been rash.
6:4 For the arrows of the Almighty are within me. My spirit drinks up their poison. The terrors of God set themselves in array against me.
6:5 Does the wild donkey bray when he has grass? Or does the ox low over his fodder?
6:6 Can that which has no flavor be eaten without salt? Or is there any taste in the white of an egg?
6:7 My soul refuses to touch them. They are as loathsome food to me.
6:8 “Oh that I might have my request, that God would grant the thing that I long for,
6:9 even that it would please God to crush me; that he would let loose his hand, and cut me off!
6:10 Be it still my consolation, yes, let me exult in pain that doesn’t spare, that I have not denied the words of the Holy One.
6:11 What is my strength, that I should wait? What is my end, that I should be patient?
6:12 Is my strength the strength of stones? Or is my flesh of brass?
6:13 Isn’t it that I have no help in me, That wisdom is driven quite from me?
6:14 “To him who is ready to faint, kindness should be shown from his friend; even to him who forsakes the fear of the Almighty.
6:15 My brothers have dealt deceitfully as a brook, as the channel of brooks that pass away;
6:16 Which are black by reason of the ice, in which the snow hides itself.
6:17 In the dry season, they vanish. When it is hot, they are consumed out of their place.
6:18 The caravans that travel beside them turn aside. They go up into the waste, and perish.
6:19 The caravans of Tema looked. The companies of Sheba waited for them.
6:20 They were distressed because they were confident. They came there, and were confounded.
6:21 For now you are nothing. You see a terror, and are afraid.
6:22 Did I say, ‘Give to me?’ or, ‘Offer a present for me from your substance?’
6:23 or, ‘Deliver me from the adversary’s hand?’ or, ‘Redeem me from the hand of the oppressors?’
6:24 “Teach me, and I will hold my peace. Cause me to understand wherein I have erred.
6:25 How forcible are words of uprightness! But your reproof, what does it reprove?
6:26 Do you intend to reprove words, since the speeches of one who is desperate are as wind?
6:27 Yes, you would even cast lots for the fatherless, and make merchandise of your friend.
6:28 Now therefore be pleased to look at me, for surely I shall not lie to your face.
6:29 Please return. Let there be no injustice. Yes, return again. My cause is righteous.
6:30 Is there injustice on my tongue? Can’t my taste discern mischievous things?
7:1 “Isn’t a man forced to labor on earth? Aren’t his days like the days of a hired hand?
7:2 As a servant who earnestly desires the shadow, as a hireling who looks for his wages,
7:3 so am I made to possess months of misery, wearisome nights are appointed to me.
7:4 When I lie down, I say, ‘When shall I arise, and the night be gone?’ I toss and turn until the dawning of the day.
7:5 My flesh is clothed with worms and clods of dust. My skin closes up, and breaks out afresh.
7:6 My days are swifter than a weaver’s shuttle, and are spent without hope.
7:7 Oh remember that my life is a breath. My eye shall no more see good.
7:8 The eye of him who sees me shall see me no more. Your eyes shall be on me, but I shall not be.
7:9 As the cloud is consumed and vanishes away, so he who goes down to Sheol shall come up no more.
7:10 He shall return no more to his house, neither shall his place know him any more.
7:11 “Therefore I will not keep silent. I will speak in the anguish of my spirit. I will complain in the bitterness of my soul.
7:12 Am I a sea, or a sea monster, that you put a guard over me?
7:13 When I say, ‘My bed shall comfort me. My couch shall ease my complaint;’
7:14 then you scare me with dreams, and terrify me through visions:
7:15 so that my soul chooses strangling, death rather than my bones.
7:16 I loathe my life. I don’t want to live forever. Leave me alone, for my days are but a breath.
7:17 What is man, that you should magnify him, that you should set your mind on him,
7:18 that you should visit him every morning, and test him every moment?
7:19 How long will you not look away from me, nor leave me alone until I swallow down my spittle?
7:20 If I have sinned, what do I do to you, you watcher of men? Why have you set me as a mark for you, so that I am a burden to myself?
7:21 Why do you not pardon my disobedience, and take away my iniquity? For now shall I lie down in the dust. You will seek me diligently, but I shall not be.”
from Daily #Bible Readings (WEB) https://cdvideo.org/2g0NY5m