Job Bemoans His Condition
10 1 “My soul is weary of my life.
I will give free course to my complaint.
I will speak in the bitterness of my soul. 2 I will tell God, ‘Do not condemn me.
Show me why you contend with me. 3 Is it good to you that you should oppress,
that you should despise the work of your hands,
and smile on the counsel of the wicked? 4 Do you have eyes of flesh?
Or do you see as man sees? 5 Are your days as the days of mortals,
or your years as man’s years, 6 that you inquire after my iniquity,
and search after my sin? 7 Although you know that I am not wicked,
there is no one who can deliver out of your hand.
8 “‘Your hands have framed me and fashioned me altogether,
yet you destroy me. 9 Remember, I beg you, that you have fashioned me as clay.
Will you bring me into dust again? 10 Haven’t you poured me out like milk,
and curdled me like cheese? 11 You have clothed me with skin and flesh,
and knit me together with bones and sinews. 12 You have granted me life and loving kindness.
Your visitation has preserved my spirit. 13 Yet you hid these things in your heart.
I know that this is with you:
14 if I sin, then you mark me.
You will not acquit me from my iniquity. 15 If I am wicked, woe to me.
If I am righteous, I still shall not lift up my head,
being filled with disgrace,
and conscious of my affliction. 16 If my head is held high, you hunt me like a lion.
Again you show yourself powerful to me. 17 You renew your witnesses against me,
and increase your indignation on me.
Changes and warfare are with me. 18 “‘Why, then, have you brought me forth out of the womb?
I wish I had given up the spirit, and no eye had seen me. 19 I should have been as though I had not been.
I should have been carried from the womb to the grave. 20 Aren’t my days few?
Leave me alone, that I may find a little comfort, 21 before I go where I shall not return from,
to the land of darkness and of the shadow of death; 22 the land dark as midnight,
of the shadow of death,
without any order,
where the light is as midnight.’”
Zophar Accuses Job of Iniquity
11 1 Then Zophar, the Naamathite, answered, 2 “Shouldn’t the multitude of words be answered?
Should a man full of talk be justified? 3 Should your boastings make men hold their peace?
When you mock, shall no man make you ashamed? 4 For you say, ‘My doctrine is pure.
I am clean in your eyes.’ 5 But oh that God would speak,
and open his lips against you, 6 that he would show you the secrets of wisdom!
For true wisdom has two sides.
Know therefore that God exacts of you less than your iniquity deserves.
7 “Can you fathom the mystery of God?
Or can you probe the limits of the Almighty? 8 They are high as heaven. What can you do?
They are deeper than Sheol. What can you know? 9 Its measure is longer than the earth,
and broader than the sea. 10 If he passes by, or confines,
or convenes a court, then who can oppose him? 11 For he knows false men.
He sees iniquity also, even though he doesn’t consider it. 12 An empty-headed man becomes wise
when a man is born as a wild donkey’s colt.
13 “If you set your heart aright,
stretch out your hands toward him. 14 If iniquity is in your hand, put it far away.
Don’t let unrighteousness dwell in your tents. 15 Surely then you shall lift up your face without spot;
Yes, you shall be steadfast, and shall not fear: 16 for you shall forget your misery.
You shall remember it as waters that are passed away. 17 Life shall be clearer than the noonday.
Though there is darkness, it shall be as the morning. 18 You shall be secure, because there is hope.
Yes, you shall search, and shall take your rest in safety. 19 Also you shall lie down, and none shall make you afraid.
Yes, many shall court your favor. 20 But the eyes of the wicked shall fail.
They shall have no way to flee.
Their hope shall be the giving up of the spirit.”
Job Affirms God's Power and Wisdom
12 1 Then Job answered, 2 “No doubt, but you are the people,
and wisdom shall die with you. 3 But I have understanding as well as you;
I am not inferior to you.
Yes, who doesn’t know such things as these? 4 I am like one who is a joke to his neighbor,
I, who called on God, and he answered.
The just, the blameless man is a joke. 5 In the thought of him who is at ease there is contempt for misfortune.
It is ready for them whose foot slips.
6 The tents of robbers prosper.
Those who provoke God are secure,
who carry their God in their hands. 7 “But ask the animals, now, and they shall teach you;
the birds of the sky, and they shall tell you. 8 Or speak to the earth, and it shall teach you.
The fish of the sea shall declare to you. 9 Who doesn’t know that in all these,
the hand of Yahweh has done this, 10 in whose hand is the life of every living thing,
and the breath of all mankind? 11 Doesn’t the ear try words,
even as the palate tastes its food?
12 With aged men is wisdom,
in length of days understanding. 13 “With God is wisdom and might.
He has counsel and understanding. 14 Behold, he breaks down, and it can’t be built again.
He imprisons a man, and there can be no release. 15 Behold, he withholds the waters, and they dry up.
Again, he sends them out, and they overturn the earth. 16 With him is strength and wisdom.
The deceived and the deceiver are his. 17 He leads counselors away stripped.
He makes judges fools. 18 He loosens the bond of kings.
He binds their waist with a belt. 19 He leads priests away stripped,
and overthrows the mighty. 20 He removes the speech of those who are trusted,
and takes away the understanding of the elders. 21 He pours contempt on princes,
and loosens the belt of the strong. 22 He uncovers deep things out of darkness,
and brings out to light the shadow of death. 23 He increases the nations, and he destroys them.
He enlarges the nations, and he leads them captive. 24 He takes away understanding from the chiefs of the people of the earth,
and causes them to wander in a wilderness where there is no way. 25 They grope in the dark without light.
He makes them stagger like a drunken man.
Job Defends His Integrity
13 1 “Behold, my eye has seen all this.
My ear has heard and understood it. 2 What you know, I know also.
I am not inferior to you. 3 “Surely I would speak to the Almighty.
I desire to reason with God. 4 But you are forgers of lies.
You are all physicians of no value. 5 Oh that you would be completely silent!
Then you would be wise. 6 Hear now my reasoning.
Listen to the pleadings of my lips. 7 Will you speak unrighteously for God,
and talk deceitfully for him? 8 Will you show partiality to him?
Will you contend for God? 9 Is it good that he should search you out?
Or as one deceives a man, will you deceive him? 10 He will surely reprove you
if you secretly show partiality. 11 Shall not his majesty make you afraid,
And his dread fall on you? 12 Your memorable sayings are proverbs of ashes,
Your defenses are defenses of clay.
13 “Be silent, leave me alone, that I may speak.
Let come on me what will. 14 Why should I take my flesh in my teeth,
and put my life in my hand? 15 Behold, he will kill me.
I have no hope.
Nevertheless, I will maintain my ways before him. 16 This also shall be my salvation,
that a godless man shall not come before him. 17 Hear diligently my speech.
Let my declaration be in your ears. 18 See now, I have set my cause in order.
I know that I am righteous. 19 Who is he who will contend with me?
For then would I hold my peace and give up the spirit. 20 “Only don’t do two things to me;
then I will not hide myself from your face: 21 withdraw your hand far from me;
and don’t let your terror make me afraid. 22 Then call, and I will answer;
or let me speak, and you answer me.
23 How many are my iniquities and sins?
Make me know my disobedience and my sin. 24 Why hide you your face,
and hold me for your enemy? 25 Will you harass a driven leaf?
Will you pursue the dry stubble? 26 For you write bitter things against me,
and make me inherit the iniquities of my youth: 27 You also put my feet in the stocks,
and mark all my paths.
You set a bound to the soles of my feet, 28 though I am decaying like a rotten thing,
like a garment that is moth-eaten.