Job sheweth that his complaints are not causeless.
Job 6:1 But Iob aunswered, and sayde: Job 6:2 O that my complaynt were truely wayed, and my punishment layde in the balaunces together: Job 6:3 For nowe it woulde be heauier then the sande of the sea: and this is the cause, that my wordes fayle me. Job 6:4 For the arrowes of the almightie are vpon me, the poyson therof hath drunke vp my spirite, and the terrible feares of God are set against me. Job 6:5 Doth the wild asse rore when he hath grasse? or loweth the oxe when he hath fodder [inough] Job 6:6 That which is vnsauerie, shall it be eaten without salt? or is there any taste in the whyte of an egge? Job 6:7 The thinges that sometime I might not away withel, are nowe my meate for very sorowe.
He wisheth for death, wherein he is assured of comfort.
Job 6:8 O that I might haue my desire, and that God woulde graunt me the thing that I long for: Job 6:9 O that God would begin and smite me, that he would let his hand go and take me cleane away: Job 6:10 Then shoulde I haue some comfort, yea I woulde desire him in my payne that he would not spare, for I wil not be against the wordes of the holy one. Job 6:11 For what powre haue I to endure? And what is myne end, that my soule might be patient? Job 6:12 Is my strength the strength of stones? or is my fleshe of brasse? Job 6:13 Is it not so that there is in me no helpe? & that my substaunce is taken from me?
He reproveth his friends for their unkindness.
Job 6:14 He that is in tribulation, ought to be comforted of his neyghbour: but the feare of the almightie is cleane away. Job 6:15 Myne owne brethren passe ouer by me as the water brooke, & as the ouerflowing of waters, whiche do hastly go away, Job 6:16 Whiche are blackish be reason of the ice, and wherin the snowe is hyd. Job 6:17 Which when they haue passed by do vanishe, and when the heate commeth they fayle out of their place. Job 6:18 They depart from the course of their wonted chanell to other places, they runne in vayne and perishe. Job 6:19 They that went to The man considered them, and they that went to Saba wayted for them. Job 6:20 But they were confounded in their hope, they came thyther and were ashamed. Job 6:21 Euen such truely are ye, nowe that ye see my miserie ye are afrayde. Job 6:22 Did I desire you to bring vnto me, or to geue me any of your substaunce? Job 6:23 To deliuer me from the enemies hand, or to saue me from the hande of the tyrauntes? Job 6:24 Teache me, and I will hold my tong: and wherin I haue erred; cause me to vnderstande. Job 6:25 How strong are the wordes of trueth? and which of you can rebuke or reproue them? Job 6:26 Do ye imagine to reproue wordes, that the talke of the afflicted shoulde be as the winde? Job 6:27 Ye fall vpon the fatherlesse, and digge a pit to ouerthrowe your owne frende. Job 6:28 And therfore be content, & loke now vpon me, and I will not lye before your face. Job 6:29 Turne I pray you, be indifferent iudges: turne agayne, and ye shall see myne vngiltinesse, Job 6:30 whether there be any vnrighteousnes in my tongue, or vayne wordes in my mouth.