Job 10
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1“I loathe my life; I will give free utterance to my complaint; I will speak in the bitterness of my soul.1My soul is weary of my life; I will leave my complaint upon myself; I will speak in the bitterness of my soul.
2I will say to God, Do not condemn me; let me know why you contend against me.2I will say unto God, Do not condemn me; shew me wherefore thou contendest with me.
3Does it seem good to you to oppress, to despise the work of your hands and favor the designs of the wicked?3Is it good unto thee that thou shouldest oppress, that thou shouldest despise the work of thine hands, and shine upon the counsel of the wicked?
4Have you eyes of flesh? Do you see as man sees?4Hast thou eyes of flesh? or seest thou as man seeth?
5Are your days as the days of man, or your years as a man’s years,5Are thy days as the days of man? are thy years as man's days,
6that you seek out my iniquity and search for my sin,6That thou inquirest after mine iniquity, and searchest after my sin?
7although you know that I am not guilty, and there is none to deliver out of your hand?7Thou knowest that I am not wicked; and there is none that can deliver out of thine hand.
8Your hands fashioned and made me, and now you have destroyed me altogether.8Thine hands have made me and fashioned me together round about; yet thou dost destroy me.
9Remember that you have made me like clay; and will you return me to the dust?9Remember, I beseech thee, that thou hast made me as the clay; and wilt thou bring me into dust again?
10Did you not pour me out like milk and curdle me like cheese?10Hast thou not poured me out as milk, and curdled me like cheese?
11You clothed me with skin and flesh, and knit me together with bones and sinews.11Thou hast clothed me with skin and flesh, and hast fenced me with bones and sinews.
12You have granted me life and steadfast love, and your care has preserved my spirit.12Thou hast granted me life and favour, and thy visitation hath preserved my spirit.
13Yet these things you hid in your heart; I know that this was your purpose.13And these things hast thou hid in thine heart: I know that this is with thee.
14If I sin, you watch me and do not acquit me of my iniquity.14If I sin, then thou markest me, and thou wilt not acquit me from mine iniquity.
15If I am guilty, woe to me! If I am in the right, I cannot lift up my head, for I am filled with disgrace and look on my affliction.15If I be wicked, woe unto me; and if I be righteous, yet will I not lift up my head. I am full of confusion; therefore see thou mine affliction;
16And were my head lifted up, you would hunt me like a lion and again work wonders against me.16For it increaseth. Thou huntest me as a fierce lion: and again thou shewest thyself marvellous upon me.
17You renew your witnesses against me and increase your vexation toward me; you bring fresh troops against me.17Thou renewest thy witnesses against me, and increasest thine indignation upon me; changes and war are against me.
18“Why did you bring me out from the womb? Would that I had died before any eye had seen me18Wherefore then hast thou brought me forth out of the womb? Oh that I had given up the ghost, and no eye had seen me!
19and were as though I had not been, carried from the womb to the grave.19I should have been as though I had not been; I should have been carried from the womb to the grave.
20Are not my days few? Then cease, and leave me alone, that I may find a little cheer20Are not my days few? cease then, and let me alone, that I may take comfort a little,
21before I go—and I shall not return— to the land of darkness and deep shadow,21Before I go whence I shall not return, even to the land of darkness and the shadow of death;
22the land of gloom like thick darkness, like deep shadow without any order, where light is as thick darkness.”22A land of darkness, as darkness itself; and of the shadow of death, without any order, and where the light is as darkness.
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