Job sheweth that his complaints are not causeless.
Job 6:1 Iob answered, and sayde: Job 6:2 O that my mysery were weyed, and my punishmente layed in the balaunces: Job 6:3 for then should it be heuyer, then the sande of the sea. This is the cause, that my words are so soroufull. Job 6:4 For the arowes of the almyghty are in me, whose indignacyon hath droncke vp my sprete, and the terrible feares of GOD fyghte agaynste me. Job 6:5 Doeth the wylde asse roare when he hath grasse? Or cryeth the oxe, when he hath foder ynoug? Job 6:6 That which is vnsauery, shall it be eaten wythoute salte, or is there any taste in the whyte of an egge: Job 6:7 The thynges that some tyme I myghte not awaye wythall, are nowe my meate for very sorowe.
He wisheth for death, wherein he is assured of comfort.
Job 6:8 O that I myghte haue my desyre: O that GOD woulde graunte me the thynge, that I longe for. Job 6:9 That he woulde begynne And smyte me: that he woulde let hys hande go, and hewe me doune. Job 6:10 Then shoulde I haue some comforte: ye I woulde desyre him in my payne, that he shoulde not spare, for I wyll not be agaynst the wordes of the holy one. Job 6:11 What power haue I to endure? Or, what is myne end, that my soule myghte be pacyente? Job 6:12 Is my strength the strength of stones? Or, is my fleshe made of brasse? Job 6:13 Is it not so that there is in me no helpe: and that my substaunce is taken from me.
He reproveth his friends for their unkindness.
Job 6:14 He that is in trybulacyon oughte to be comforted of hys neyghbour: but the feare of the Lord is cleane awaye: Job 6:15 Myne owne brethren passeouer by me as the water broke, that hastelye runneth thorow the valleyes. Job 6:16 But they that feare the hore frost, the snowe shall fall vpon them. Job 6:17 When theyr time commeth, they shalbe destroyed and perishe: and when they be set on fyre, they shalbe remoued oute of theyr place, Job 6:18 for the pathes that they go in, are croked: they haste after vayne thinges, and shal perysh. Job 6:19 Consydre the pathes of Theman, & the wayes of Saba, wherin they haue put their trust. Job 6:20 Confounded are they, that put eny confydence in them: For when they came to opteyne the thinges that they loked for, they were brought to confusion. Job 6:21 Euen so are ye also come vnto me: but now that ye se my misery, ye are afrayed. Job 6:22 Dyd I desyre you, to come hether? Or, to geue me eny of youre substaunce? Job 6:23 To delyuer me from the enemyes hande, or to saue me from the power of the myghtye? Job 6:24 Teach me and I wil holde my tonge: and yf I do erre, shewe me wherin. Job 6:25 Wherfore blame ye then the wordes, that are wel and truely spoken? Job 6:26 which of you can reproue them? Sauynge onlye that ye are sotyll to check mens sayinges, and can speake many wordes in the wynde. Job 6:27 Ye fall vpon the fatherlesse, & go aboute to ouerthrowe youre owne frende. Job 6:28 Wherfore loke not onely 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 mine vngyltynesse: Job 6:30 whether there be eny vnryghtuousnesse in my tonge, or vayne wordes in my mouth.