NASB — Job 6 — KJV

Job’s Friends Are No Help

1 Then Job Ianswered,
  2aOh that my grief were actually weighed
  And laid in the balances together with my calamity!
  3 “For then it would be aheavier than the sand of the seas;
  Therefore my words have been rash.
  4 “For the aarrows of the Almighty are within me,
  ITheir bpoison my spirit drinks;
  The cterrors of God are arrayed against me.
  5 “Does the awild donkey bray over [his] grass,
  Or does the ox low over his fodder?
  6 “Can something tasteless be eaten without salt,
  Or is there any taste in the Iwhite of an egg?
  7 “My soul arefuses to touch [them];
  They are like loathsome food to me.

[1] ILit answered and said
[2] aJb 31:6
[3] aJb 23:2
[4] ILit Whose aJb 16:13; Ps 38:2 bJb 20:16; 21:20 cJb 30:15
[5] aJb 39:5-8
[6] IHeb hallamuth, meaning uncertain. Perhaps the juice of a plant
[7] aJb 3:24; 33:20

  8 ¶ “Oh that my request might come to pass,
  And that God would grant my longing!
  9 “Would that God were awilling to crush me,
  That He would loose His hand and cut me off!
  10 “But it is still my consolation,
  And I rejoice in unsparing pain,
  That I ahave not Idenied the words of the Holy One.
  11 “What is my strength, that I should wait?
  And what is my end, that I should Iaendure?
  12 “Is my strength the strength of stones,
  Or is my flesh bronze?
  13 “Is it that my ahelp is not within me,
  And that Ibdeliverance is driven from me?

[9] aNu 11:15; 1K 19:4; Jb 7:16; 9:21; 10:1
[10] ILit hidden aJb 22:22; 23:11, 12
[11] ILit prolong my soul aJb 21:4
[13] ISo ancient versions aJb 26:2 bJb 26:3

  14 ¶ “For the adespairing man [there should be] kindness from his friend;
  So that he does not bforsake the Ifear of the Almighty.
  15 “My brothers have acted adeceitfully like a Iwadi,
  Like the torrents of Iwadis which vanish,
  16 Which are turbid because of ice
  [And] into which the snow Imelts.
  17 “When athey become waterless, they Iare silent,
  When it is hot, they vanish from their place.
  18 “The Ipaths of their course wind along,
  They go up into nothing and perish.
  19 “The caravans of aTema looked,
  The travelers of bSheba hoped for them.
  20 “They awere Idisappointed for they had trusted,
  They came there and were confounded.
  21 “Indeed, you have now become such,
  aYou see a terror and are afraid.
  22 “Have I said, ‘Give me [something],’
  Or, ‘Offer a bribe for me from your wealth,’
  23 Or, ‘Deliver me from the hand of the adversary,’
  Or, ‘Redeem me from the hand of the tyrants’?

[14] IOr reverence aJb 4:5 bJb 1:5; 15:4
[15] IOr brooks aJr 15:18
[16] ILit hides itself
[17] IOr cease aJb 24:19
[18] IOr caravans turn from their course, they go up into the waste and perish
[19] aGn 25:15; Is 21:14; Jr 25:23 bJb 1:15
[20] ILit ashamed aJr 14:3
[21] aPs 38:11

  24 ¶ “Teach me, and aI will be silent;
  And show me how I have erred.
  25 “How painful are honest words!
  But what does your argument prove?
  26 “Do you intend to reprove [my] words,
  When the awords of one in despair belong to the wind?
  27 “You would even acast [lots] for bthe orphans
  And cbarter over your friend.
  28 “Now please look at me,
  And [see] if I alie to your face.
  29 “Desist now, let there be no injustice;
  Even desist, amy righteousness is yet in it.
  30 “Is there injustice on my tongue?
  Cannot amy palate discern Icalamities?

[24] aPs 39:1
[26] aJb 8:2; 15:2; 16:3
[27] aJol 3:3; Na 3:10 bJb 22:9; 24:3, 9 c2P 2:3
[28] aJb 27:4; 33:3; 36:4
[29] aJb 13:18; 19:6; 23:10; 27:5, 6; 34:5; 42:1-6
[30] IOr words aJb 12:11


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Job sheweth that his complaints are not causeless.

1 ¶ But Job answered and said, 2 Oh that my grief were throughly weighed, and my calamity laid in the balances together! 3 For now it would be heavier than the sand of the sea: therefore my words are swallowed up. 4 For the arrows of the Almighty [are] within me, the poison whereof drinketh up my spirit: the terrors of God do set themselves in array against me. 5 Doth the wild ass bray when he hath grass? or loweth the ox over his fodder? 6 Can that which is unsavoury be eaten without salt? or is there [any] taste in the white of an egg? 7 The things [that] my soul refused to touch [are] as my sorrowful meat.

[1] Jb 4:1.
[2] Jb 4:5; 23:2.
[3] Jb 37:19; Ps 40:5; 77:4; Pv 27:3; Mt 11:28.
[4] Dt 32:23, 24, 42; Jb 9:17; 16:12; 30:15; 31:23; Ps 7:13; 18:14; 21:12; 38:2; 45:5; 88:15; 143:7; Pv 18:14; Lm 3:12; Mk 14:33; 15:34; 2Co 5:11.
[5] Ps 42:1; 104:14; Jr 14:6; Jol 1:18.
[6] Lv 2:13; Jb 6:25, 30; 12:11; 16:2; 34:3; Ps 119:103; Lk 14:34; Col 4:6; He 6:4.
[7] 1K 17:12; 22:27; Ps 102:9; Ezk 4:14, 16; 12:18; Dn 10:3.

He wisheth for death, wherein he is assured of comfort.

8 Oh that I might have my request; and that God would grant [me] the thing that I long for! 9 Even that it would please God to destroy me; that he would let loose his hand, and cut me off! 10 Then should I yet have comfort; yea, I would harden myself in sorrow: let him not spare; for I have not concealed the words of the Holy One. 11 What [is] my strength, that I should hope? and what [is] mine end, that I should prolong my life? 12 [Is] my strength the strength of stones? or [is] my flesh of brass? 13 [Is] not my help in me? and is wisdom driven quite from me?

[8] Jb 6:11; 17:14; Ps 119:81.
[9] Nu 11:14; 1K 19:4; Jb 3:20; 7:15; 14:13; 19:21; Ps 32:4; Is 48:10; Jna 4:3, 8; Rv 9:6.
[10] Lv 19:2; Dt 29:20; 1S 2:2; Jb 3:22; 9:4; 21:33; 23:12; Ps 37:30; 40:9; 71:17; 119:13; Is 30:11; 57:15; Ho 11:9; Hab 1:12; 3:3; Ac 20:20, 27; Ro 8:32; 2P 2:4; Rv 3:7; 4:8.
[11] Jb 7:5; 10:20; 13:25, 28; 17:1, 14; Ps 39:5; 90:5; 102:23; 103:14.
[12] Jb 40:18; 41:24.
[13] Jb 12:2; 13:2; 19:28; 2Co 1:12; Ga 6:4.

He reproveth his friends for their unkindness.

14 To him that is afflicted pity [should be shewed] from his friend; but he forsaketh the fear of the Almighty. 15 My brethren have dealt deceitfully as a brook, [and] as the stream of brooks they pass away; 16 Which are blackish by reason of the ice, [and] wherein the snow is hid: 17 What time they wax warm, they vanish: when it is hot, they are consumed out of their place. 18 The paths of their way are turned aside; they go to nothing, and perish. 19 The troops of Tema looked, the companies of Sheba waited for them. 20 They were confounded because they had hoped; they came thither, and were ashamed. 21 For now ye are nothing; ye see [my] casting down, and are afraid. 22 Did I say, Bring unto me? or, Give a reward for me of your substance? 23 Or, Deliver me from the enemy's hand? or, Redeem me from the hand of the mighty? 24 Teach me, and I will hold my tongue: and cause me to understand wherein I have erred. 25 How forcible are right words! but what doth your arguing reprove? 26 Do ye imagine to reprove words, and the speeches of one that is desperate, [which are] as wind? 27 Yea, ye overwhelm the fatherless, and ye dig [a pit] for your friend. 28 Now therefore be content, look upon me; for [it is] evident unto you if I lie. 29 Return, I pray you, let it not be iniquity; yea, return again, my righteousness [is] in it. 30 Is there iniquity in my tongue? cannot my taste discern perverse things?

[14] Gn 20:11; Jb 4:3; 16:5; 19:21; Ps 36:1; Pv 17:17; Lk 23:40; Ro 12:15; 1Co 12:26; 2Co 11:29; Ga 6:2; He 13:3.
[15] Jb 19:19; Ps 38:11; 41:9; 55:12; 88:18; Jr 9:4; 15:18; 30:14; Mi 7:5; Jn 13:18; 16:32; Jde 1:12.
[17] 1K 17:1.
[19] Gn 10:7; 25:3, 15; 1K 10:1; Ps 72:10; Is 21:14; Jr 25:23; Ezk 27:22.
[20] Jr 14:3; 17:13; Ro 5:5; 9:33.
[21] Jb 2:11; 6:15; 13:4; Ps 38:11; 62:9; Pv 19:7; Is 2:22; Jr 17:5; 51:9; Mt 26:31, 56; 2Ti 4:16; Rv 18:9, 17.
[22] 1S 12:3; Jb 42:11; Ac 20:33.
[23] Lv 25:48; Ne 5:8; Jb 5:20; Ps 49:7, 15; 107:2; Jr 15:21.
[24] Jb 5:27; 10:2; 32:11, 15; 33:1, 31; 34:32; Ps 19:12; 32:8; 39:1; Pv 9:9; 25:12; Jm 1:19; 3:2.
[25] Jb 4:4; 13:5; 16:3, 5; 21:34; 24:25; 32:3; Pv 12:18; 16:21; 18:21; 25:11; Ec 12:10.
[26] Jb 2:10; 3:3; 4:3; 6:4, 9; 8:2; 10:1; 34:3; 38:2; 40:5, 8; 42:3, 7; Ho 12:1; Mt 12:37; Ep 4:14.
[27] Ex 22:22; Jb 22:9; 24:3, 9; 29:12; 31:17, 21; Ps 7:15; 57:6; 82:3; Pv 23:10; Jr 18:20, 22; Ezk 22:7; Mal 3:5; Jm 1:27.
[28] Jb 11:3; 13:4.
[29] Jb 17:10; 27:4; Mal 3:18.
[30] Jb 6:6; 12:11; 33:8; 34:3; 42:3; He 5:14.


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