Job sheweth that his complaints are not causeless.
Job 6:1 But Job answered, and said: Job 6:2 O that my sins, whereby I have deserved wrath, and the calamity that I suffer, were weighed in a balance. Job 6:3 As the sand of the sea, this would appear heavier: therefore, my words are full of sorrow: Job 6:4 For the arrows of the Lord are in me, the rage whereof drinketh up my spirit, and the terrors of the Lord war against me. Job 6:5 Will the wild ass bray when he hath grass? or will the ox low when he standeth before a full manger? Job 6:6 Or can an unsavoury thing be eaten, that is not seasoned with salt? or can a man taste that which, when tasted, bringeth death? Job 6:7 The things which before my soul would not touch, now, through anguish, are my meats.
He wisheth for death, wherein he is assured of comfort.
Job 6:8 Who will grant that my request may come: and that God may give me what I look for? Job 6:9 And that he that hath begun may destroy me, that he may let loose his hand, and cut me off? Job 6:10 And that this may be my comfort, that afflicting me with sorrow, he spare not, nor I contradict the words of the Holy one. Job 6:11 For what is my strength, that I can hold out? or what is my end, that I should keep patience? Job 6:12 My strength is not the strength of stones, nor is my flesh of brass. Job 6:13 Behold there is no help for me in myself, and my familiar friends also are departed from me.
He reproveth his friends for their unkindness.
Job 6:14 He that taketh away mercy from his friend, forsaketh the fear of the Lord. Job 6:15 My brethren have passed by me, as the torrent that passeth swiftly in the valleys. Job 6:16 They that fear the hoary frost, the snow shall fall upon them. Job 6:17 At the time when they shall be scattered they shall perish: and after it groweth hot, they shall be melted out of their place. Job 6:18 The paths of their steps are entangled: they shall walk in vain, and shall perish. Job 6:19 Consider the paths of Thema, the ways of Saba, and wait a little while. Job 6:20 They are confounded, because I have hoped: they are come also even unto me, and are covered with shame. Job 6:21 Now you are come: and now, seeing my affliction, you are afraid. Job 6:22 Did I say: Bring to me, and give me of your substance? Job 6:23 Or deliver me from the hand of the enemy, and rescue me out of the hand of the mighty? Job 6:24 Teach me, and I will hold my peace: and if I have been ignorant of any thing, instruct me. Job 6:25 Why have you detracted the words of truth, whereas there is none of you that can reprove me? Job 6:26 You dress up speeches only to rebuke, and you utter words to the wind. Job 6:27 You rush in upon the fatherless, and you endeavour to overthrow your friend. Job 6:28 However, finish what you have begun: give ear and see whether I lie. Job 6:29 Answer, I beseech you, without contention: and speaking that which is just, judge ye. Job 6:30 And you shall not find iniquity in my tongue, neither shall folly sound in my mouth.