6:2 Oh that my grief were throughly weighed, and my calamity laid in the a balances together!
(a) To know whether I complain without just cause.
6:3 For now it would be heavier than the sand of the
sea: therefore my words are b swallowed
(b) My grief is so great that I lack words to
6:4 For the arrows of the Almighty [are] within me,
the poison whereof drinketh up my spirit: the terrors of God do c
set themselves in array against me.
(c) Which declares that he was not only afflicted
in body, but wounded in conscience, which is the greatest battle that the
faithful can have.
6:5 Doth the d
wild ass bray when he hath grass? or loweth the ox over his fodder?
(d) Do you think that I cry without cause, seeing
the brute beasts do not complain when they have what they want.
6:6 Can that which is e
unsavoury be eaten without salt? or is there [any] taste in the white of an egg?
(e) Can a man's taste delight in that, which
has no savour? meaning that no one takes pleasure in affliction seeing they
cannot do away with things that are unsavoury to the mouth.
6:8 Oh that I might have my f
request; and that God would grant [me] the thing that I long for!
(f) In this he sins double, both in wishing
through impatience to die, and also in desiring of God a thing which was not
agreeable to his will.
6:10 Then should I yet have
comfort; yea, I would harden myself in sorrow: let him not spare; g
for I have not concealed the words of the Holy One.
(g) That is, let me die at once before I come to
distrust God's promise through my impatience.
6:11 What [is] my strength, that I should hope? and
what [is] mine h end, that I should
prolong my life?
(h) He fears lest he should be brought to
inconveniences, if his sorrows should continue.
6:13 [Is] not my i
help in me? and is wisdom driven quite from me?
(i) Have I not sought to help myself as much as
6:15 My brethren have dealt
deceitfully as a k brook, [and] as the
stream of brooks they pass away;
(k) He compares friends who do not comfort us in
our misery to a brook which in summer when we need water is dry, in winter is
hard frozen and in the time of rain when we have no need overflows with water.
The troops of Tema l looked, the
companies of Sheba waited for them.
(l) They who pass by it to go into the hot
countries of Arabia, think to find water there to quench their thirst but they
6:21 For now ye are m
nothing; ye see [my] casting down, and are afraid.
(m) That is, like this brook which deceives them
who think to have water there in their need, as I looked for consolation from
6:22 Did I say, Bring unto me? or, Give a reward
for me of your n substance?
(n) He touches the worldlings who for need will
give part of their goods, and much more these men, who would not give him
6:24 Teach me, and I will o
hold my tongue: and cause me to understand wherein I have erred.
(o) Show me where I have erred, and I will
confess my sin.
6:25 How p
forcible are right words! but what doth your arguing reprove?
(p) He who has a good conscience does not shrink
at the sharp words or reasonings of others, unless they are able to persuade
him by reason.
6:26 Do ye imagine to reprove q
words, and the speeches of one that is desperate, [which are] as wind?
(q) Do you object to my words because I would be
thought to speak foolishly, and am now in misery?
6:28 Now therefore be
content, r look upon me; for [it is]
evident unto you if I lie.
(r) Consider whether I speak as one who is driven
to this impatience through sorrow, or as a hypocrite as you condemn me.