Job sheweth that his complaints are not causeless.
Job 6:1 Forsothe Joob answeride, and seide, Job 6:2 Y wolde, that my synnes, bi whiche Y desseruede ire, and the wretchidnesse which Y suffre, weren peisid in a balaunce. Job 6:3 As the grauel of the see, this wretchidnesse schulde appere greuousere; wherfor and my wordis ben ful of sorewe. Job 6:4 For the arowis of the Lord ben in me, the indignacioun of whiche drynkith vp my spirit; and the dredis of the Lord fiyten ayens me. Job 6:5 Whether a feeld asse schal rore, whanne he hath gras? Ethir whether an oxe schal lowe, whanne he stondith byfor a ful cratche? Job 6:6 Ether whethir a thing vnsauery may be etun, which is not maad sauery bi salt? Ether whether ony man may taaste a thing, which tastid bryngith deeth? For whi to an hungri soule, yhe, bittir thingis semen to be swete; Job 6:7 tho thingis whiche my soule nolde touche bifore, ben now my meetis for angwisch.
He wisheth for death, wherein he is assured of comfort.
Job 6:8 Who yyueth, that myn axyng come; and that God yyue to me that, that Y abide? Job 6:9 And he that bigan, al to-breke me; releesse he his hond, and kitte me doun? Job 6:10 And this be coumfort to me, that he turmente me with sorewe, and spare not, and that Y ayenseie not the wordis of the hooli. Job 6:11 For whi, what is my strengthe, that Y suffre? ethir which is myn ende, that Y do pacientli? Job 6:12 Nethir my strengthe is the strengthe of stoonus, nether my fleisch is of bras. Job 6:13 Lo! noon help is to me in me; also my meyneal frendis yeden awey fro me.
He reproveth his friends for their unkindness.
Job 6:14 He that takith awei merci fro his frend, forsakith the drede of the Lord. Job 6:15 My britheren passiden me, as a stronde doith, that passith ruschyngli in grete valeis. Job 6:16 Snow schal come on hem, that dreden frost. Job 6:17 In the tyme wherynne thei ben scaterid, thei schulen perische; and as thei ben hoote, thei schulen be vnknyt fro her place. Job 6:18 The pathis of her steppis ben wlappid; thei schulen go in veyn, and schulen perische. Job 6:19 Biholde ye the pathis of Theman, and the weies of Saba; and abide ye a litil. Job 6:20 Thei ben schent, for Y hopide; and thei camen til to me, and thei ben hilid with schame. Job 6:21 Now ye ben comun, and now ye seen my wounde, and dreden. Job 6:22 Whether Y seide, Brynge ye to me, and yiue ye of youre catel to me? ethir, Job 6:23 Delyuere ye me fro the hond of enemy, and rauysche ye me fro the hond of stronge men? Job 6:24 Teche ye me, and Y schal be stille; and if in hap Y vnknew ony thing, teche ye me. Job 6:25 Whi han ye depraued the wordis of trewthe? sithen noon is of you, that may repreue me. Job 6:26 Ye maken redi spechis oneli for to blame, and ye bryngen forth wordis in to wynde. Job 6:27 Ye fallen in on a fadirles child, and enforsen to peruerte youre frend. Job 6:28 Netheles fille ye that, that ye han bigunne; yyue ye the eere, and se ye, whether Y lie. Job 6:29 Y biseche, answere ye with out strijf, and speke ye, and deme ye that, that is iust. Job 6:30 And ye schulen not fynde wickidnesse in my tunge, nethir foli schal sowne in my chekis.