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