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Job 6

6:1 Then Job answered and said, 6:2 Oh that my vexation were but weighed, And all my calamity laid in the balances! 6:3 For now it would be heavier than the sand of the seas: Therefore have my words been rash. 6:4 For the arrows of the Almighty are within me, The poison whereof my spirit drinketh up: The terrors of God do set themselves in array against me. 6:5 Doth the wild ass bray when he hath grass Or loweth the ox over his fodder 6:6 Can that which hath no savor be eaten without salt Or is there any taste in the white of an egg 6:7 My soul refuseth to touch [them]; They are as loathsome food to me. 6:8 Oh that I might have my request; And that God would grant [me] the thing that I long for! 6:9 Even that it would please God to crush me; That he would let loose his hand, and cut me off! 6:10 And be it still my consolation, Yea, let me exult in pain that spareth not, That I have not denied the words of the Holy One. 6:11 What is my strength, that I should wait And what is mine end, that I should be patient 6:12 Is my strength the strength of stones Or is my flesh of brass 6:13 Is it not that I have no help in me, And that wisdom is driven quite from me 6:14 To him that is ready to faint kindness [should be showed] from his friend; Even to him that forsaketh the fear of the Almighty. 6:15 My brethren have dealt deceitfully as a brook, As the channel of brooks that pass away; 6:16 Which are black by reason of the ice, [And] wherein the snow hideth itself: 6:17 What time they wax warm, they vanish; When it is hot, they are consumed out of their place. 6:18 The caravans [that travel] by the way of them turn aside; They go up into the waste, and perish. 6:19 The caravans of Tema looked, The companies of Sheba waited for them. 6:20 They were put to shame because they had hoped; They came thither, and were confounded. 6:21 For now ye are nothing; Ye see a terror, and are afraid. 6:22 Did I say, Give unto me Or, Offer a present for me of your substance 6:23 Or, Deliver me from the adversary's hand Or, Redeem me from the hand of the oppressors 6:24 Teach me, and I will hold my peace; And cause me to understand wherein I have erred. 6:25 How forcible are words of uprightness! But your reproof, what doth it reprove 6:26 Do ye think to reprove words, Seeing that the speeches of one that is desperate are as wind 6:27 Yea, ye would cast [lots] upon the fatherless, And make merchandise of your friend. 6:28 Now therefore be pleased to look upon me; For surely I shall not lie to your face. 6:29 Return, I pray you, let there be no injustice; Yea, return again, my cause is righteous. 6:30 Is there injustice on my tongue Cannot my taste discern mischievous things

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