Job 10
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1“I am disgusted with my life. Let me complain freely. My bitter soul must complain.1"I am disgusted with living, so I'm going to talk about my complaint freely. I'll speak out from the bitterness of my soul.
2I will say to God, ‘Don’t simply condemn me— tell me the charge you are bringing against me.2I'll say to God, 'Don't condemn me! Let me know why you are fighting me.
3What do you gain by oppressing me? Why do you reject me, the work of your own hands, while smiling on the schemes of the wicked?3Does it delight you to oppress or despise what you have made, while you smile at the plans of the wicked?
4Are your eyes like those of a human? Do you see things only as people see them?4Do you have eyes made of flesh? Can you look at things as humans do?
5Is your lifetime only as long as ours? Is your life so short5Can you live only as long as a human being? Or live the years of a mortal man?
6that you must quickly probe for my guilt and search for my sin?6"'For you seek out my iniquity and search for my sin.
7Although you know I am not guilty, no one can rescue me from your hands.7Although you know that I'm not guilty, there's no one to deliver me from you!
8“‘You formed me with your hands; you made me, yet now you completely destroy me.8Your hands formed and fashioned me, but then you have destroyed me all at once on all sides.
9Remember that you made me from dust— will you turn me back to dust so soon?9"'Please remember that you've made me like clay and you'll return me to dust.
10You guided my conception and formed me in the womb.10Didn't you pour me out like milk and let me congeal like cheese?
11You clothed me with skin and flesh, and you knit my bones and sinews together.11You covered me with skin and flesh, weaving me together with bones and sinews.
12You gave me life and showed me your unfailing love. My life was preserved by your care.12You gave life and gracious love to me; your providential care has preserved my spirit.
13“‘Yet your real motive— your true intent—13But you've hidden these things in your heart— I know this was your purpose:
14was to watch me, and if I sinned, you would not forgive my guilt.14If I sin, you watch me and won't acquit me for my iniquity.
15If I am guilty, too bad for me; and even if I’m innocent, I can’t hold my head high, because I am filled with shame and misery.15"'Woe to me if I'm guilty! If I'm innocent, I cannot lift my head, because I am filled with disgrace. Look at my affliction!
16And if I hold my head high, you hunt me like a lion and display your awesome power against me.16But if I do lift up my head, you will hunt me like a lion! You will perform miracles in order to fight against me.
17Again and again you witness against me. You pour out your growing anger on me and bring fresh armies against me.17"'You have brought new witnesses against me, you're even more angry with me— you've brought fresh troops to attack me!
18“‘Why, then, did you deliver me from my mother’s womb? Why didn’t you let me die at birth?18So why did you bring me out from the womb? I wish I had died, before anyone had seen me,
19It would be as though I had never existed, going directly from the womb to the grave.19as if I had never existed; carried from the womb to the grave.
20I have only a few days left, so leave me alone, that I may have a moment of comfort20My days are so few, aren't they? So leave me alone, then, so I can smile a little
21before I leave—never to return— for the land of darkness and utter gloom.21before I go, never to return, leaving for the land of deep darkness and shadow.
22It is a land as dark as midnight, a land of gloom and confusion, where even the light is dark as midnight.’”22It's a gloomy land, like deepest darkness; where there's no order, and where even the brightness is like darkness.'"
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright © 1996, 2004, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.The Holy Bible: International Standard Version® Release 2.1 Copyright © 1996-2012 The ISV Foundation
Job 9
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