Job sheweth that his complaints are not causeless.
Job 6:1 Iob answered, and sayde: Job 6:2 O that my misery weere weyed, and my punyshment layed in the balaunces: Job 6:3 for then shulde it be heuyer, then the sonde of the see. This is the cause, that my wordes are so soroufull. Job 6:4 For the allmighty hath shott at me with his arowes, whose indignacion hath droncke vp my sprete, and ye terrible feares of God fight agaysnt me. Job 6:5 Doth the wilde asse roare when he hath grasse? Or crieth the oxe, whe he hath fodder ynough? Job 6:6 Maye a thynge be eaten vnseasoned, or without salt? What taist hath ye whyte within the yoke an egg? Job 6:7 The thinges that sometyme I might not awaye withall, are now my meate for very sorow.
He wisheth for death, wherein he is assured of comfort.
Job 6:8 O that I might haue my desyre: O yt God wolde graunte me the thynge, that I longe for: Job 6:9 That he wolde begynne and smyte me: that he wolde let his honde go, & hew me downe. Job 6:10 The shulde I haue some coforte: yee I wolde desyre him in my payne, that he shulde not spare, for I will not be agaynst ye wordes of the holy one. Job 6:11 What power haue I to endure? Or? what is myne ende, that my soule might be paciet? Job 6:12 Is my strength the strength of stones? Or, is my flesh made of brasse? Job 6:13 Am I able to helpe my self? Is not my strength gone fro me,
He reproveth his friends for their unkindness.
Job 6:14 like as yf one withdrewe a good dede from his frende, and forsoke the feare of God? Job 6:15 Myne owne brethren passe ouer by me as the waterbroke, that hastely runneth thorow ye valleys. Job 6:16 But they that feare the horefrost, the snowe shal fall vpon them. Job 6:17 When their tyme cometh, they shalbe destroyed and perishe: and when they be set on fyre, they shalbe remoued out of their place, Job 6:18 for the pathes yt they go in, are croked: they haist after vayne thinges, and shal perish. Job 6:19 Considre the pathes off Theman, & the wayes off Saba, wherin they haue put their trust. Job 6:20 Confounded are they, that put eny cofidence in them: For whe they came to opteyne the thynges that they loked for, they were brought to confucion. Job 6:21 Eue so are ye also come vnto me: but now that ye se my mysery, ye are afrayed. Job 6:22 Dyd I desyre you, to come hyther? Or, to geue me eny off youre substaunce? Job 6:23 To delyuer me me from the enemies honde, or to saue me from the powers off the mightie? Job 6:24 Teach me and I will holde my tonge: and yf I do erre, shewe me wherin. Job 6:25 Wherfore blame ye then the wordes, that are well and truly spoken? Job 6:26 which of you can reproue them? Sauynge only that ye are sotyll to check mens sayenges, and can speake many wordes in the wynde. Job 6:27 Ye fall vpon the fatherlesse, ad go aboute to ouerthrowe youre owne frende. Job 6:28 Wherfore loke not only vpon me, but vpon youre selues: whether I lye, or no. Job 6:29 Turne into youre owne selues (I praye you) be indifferent iudges, and considre myne vngyltinesse: Job 6:30 whether there be eny vnrightuousnesse in my tonge, or vayne wordes in my mouth.