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   The Book of Job.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
 
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[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 say unto God, Do not condemn me;
Show me wherefore thou contendest with me.
[3]  Is it good unto thee that thou shouldest oppress,
That thou shouldest despise the work 1 of thy hands,
And shine upon the counsel of the wicked?
[4]  Hast thou eyes of flesh?
Or seest thou as man seeth?
[5]  Are thy days as the days of man,
Or thy years as man’s days,
[6]  That thou inquirest after mine iniquity,
And searchest after my sin,
[7]  Although thou knowest that I am not wicked,
And there is none that can deliver out of thy hand?
 
[8]  Thy hands have framed me and fashioned me
Together round about; yet thou dost destroy me.
[9]  Remember, I beseech thee, that thou hast fashioned me as clay;
And wilt thou bring me into dust again?
[10]  Hast thou not poured me out as milk,
And curdled me like cheese?
[11]  Thou hast clothed me with skin and flesh,
And knit me together with bones and sinews.
[12]  Thou hast granted me life and lovingkindness;
And thy visitation 2 hath preserved my spirit.
[13]  Yet these things thou didst hide in thy heart;
I know that this is with thee:
[14]  If I sin, then thou markest me,
And thou wilt not acquit me from mine iniquity.
[15]  If I be wicked, woe unto me;
And if I be righteous, yet shall I not lift up my head
Being 3 filled with ignominy,
And looking upon mine affliction.
[16]  And if my head exalt itself, thou huntest me as a lion;
And again thou showest thyself marvellous upon me.
[17]  Thou renewest thy witnesses against me,
And increasest thine indignation upon me:
Changes 4 and warfare are with me.
 
[18]  Wherefore then hast thou brought me forth out of the womb?
I had given up the ghost, 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]  Are not my days few? cease 5 then,
And let me alone, that I may take 6 comfort a little,
[21]  Before I go whence I shall not return,
Even to the land of darkness and of the shadow of death;
[22]  The land dark as midnight, 7
The land of the shadow of death, without any order,
And where the light is as midnight. 8
 
Note 1. Heb. labor. [back]
Note 2. Or, care. [back]
Note 3. Or, I am filled with ignominy, but look thou … for it increaseth: thou &c. [back]
Note 4. Or, Host after host is against me. [back]
Note 5. Another reading is, let him cease, and leave me alone. [back]
Note 6. Heb. brighten up. [back]
Note 7. Heb. thick darkness. [back]
Note 8. Heb. thick darkness. [back]
 

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