- Bvt Iob answered, and said,
- Oh that my griefe were well weighed, and my miseries were layed together in the balance.
- For it woulde be nowe heauier then the sande of the sea: therefore my wordes are swallowed vp.
- For the arrowes of the Almightie are in me, the venime whereof doeth drinke vp my spirit, and the terrours of God fight against me.
- Doeth the wilde asse bray when he hath grasse?
or loweth the oxe when he hath fodder?
- That which is vnsauerie, shall it be eaten without salt?
or is there any taste in the white of an egge?
- Such things as my soule refused to touch, as were sorowes, are my meate.
- Oh that I might haue my desire, and that God would grant me the thing that I long for!
- That is, that God would destroy me: that he would let his hand go, and cut me off.
- Then should I yet haue comfort, (though I burne with sorowe, let him not spare) because I haue not denyed the wordes of the Holy one.
- What power haue I that I should endure?
or what is mine end, if I should prolong my life?
- Is my strength the strength of stones?
or is my flesh of brasse?
- Is it not so, that there is in me no helpe?
and that strength is taken from me?
- He that is in miserie, ought to be comforted of his neighbour: but men haue forsaken the feare of the Almightie.
- My brethre haue deceiued me as a brook, and as the rising of the riuers they passe away.
- Which are blackish with yee, and wherein the snowe is hid.
- But in time they are dryed vp with heate and are consumed: and when it is hote they faile out of their places,
- Or they depart from their way and course, yea, they vanish and perish.
- They that go to Tema, considered them, and they that goe to Sheba, waited for them.
- But they were confounded: when they hoped, they came thither and were ashamed.
- Surely nowe are ye like vnto it: ye haue seene my fearefull plague, and are afraide.
- Was it because I said, Bring vnto me?
or giue a rewarde to me of your substance?
- And deliuer me from the enemies hande, or ransome me out of the hand of tyrants?
- Teach me, and I wil hold my tongue: & cause me to vnderstande, wherein I haue erred.
- Howe stedfast are the wordes of righteousnes?
and what can any of you iustly reproue?
- Doe ye imagine to reproue wordes, that the talke of the afflicted should be as the winde?
- Ye make your wrath to fall vpon the fatherlesse, and dig a pit for your friende.
- Nowe therefore be content to looke vpon me: for I will not lie before your face.
- Turne, I pray you, let there be none iniquitie: returne, I say, and ye shall see yet my righteousnesse in that behalfe.
- Is there iniquitie in my tongue?
doeth not my mouth feele sorowes?