Job, taking liberty of complaint, expostulateth with God about his afflictions.
Job 10:1 My soul hath been weary of my life, I leave off my talking to myself, I speak in the bitterness of my soul. Job 10:2 I say unto God, 'Do not condemn me, Let me know why Thou dost strive [with] me. Job 10:3 Is it good for Thee that Thou dost oppress? That Thou despisest the labour of Thy hands, And on the counsel of the wicked hast shone? Job 10:4 Eyes of flesh hast Thou? As man seethseest Thou? Job 10:5 As the days of man [are] Thy days? Thy years as the days of a man? Job 10:6 That Thou inquirest for mine iniquity, And for my sin seekest? Job 10:7 For Thou knowest that I am not wicked, And there is no deliverer from Thy hand. Job 10:8 Thy hands have taken pains about me, And they make me together round about, And Thou swallowest me up! Job 10:9 Remember, I pray Thee, That as clay Thou hast made me, And unto dust Thou dost bring me back. Job 10:10 Dost Thou not as milk pour me out? And as cheese curdle me? Job 10:11 Skin and flesh Thou dost put on me, And with bones and sinews dost fence me. Job 10:12 Life and kindness Thou hast done with me. And Thy inspection hath preserved my spirit. Job 10:13 And these Thou hast laid up in Thy heart, I have known that this [is] with Thee. Job 10:14 If I sinned, then Thou hast observed me, And from mine iniquity dost not acquit me, Job 10:15 If I have done wickedlywoe to me, And righteouslyI lift not up my head, Full of shamethen see my affliction, Job 10:16 And it risethas a lion Thou huntest me. And Thou turnest backThou shewest Thyself wonderful in me. Job 10:17 Thou renewest Thy witnesses against me, And dost multiply Thine anger with me, Changes and warfare [are] with me.
He complaineth of life, and craveth a little ease before death.
Job 10:18 And why from the womb Hast Thou brought me forth? I expire, and the eye doth not see me. Job 10:19 As I had not been, I am, From the belly to the grave I am brought, Job 10:20 Are not my days few? Cease then, and put from me, And I brighten up a little, Job 10:21 Before I go, and return not, Unto a land of darkness and death-shade, Job 10:22 A land of obscurity as thick darkness, Death-shadeand no order, And the shining [is] as thick darkness.'