Oh, that my impatience and vexation might be weighed and all my calamity be laid up over against them in the balances, one against the other !
For now it would be heavier than the sand of the sea; therefore my words have been rash and wild,
because the arrows of the Almighty are within me, the poison which my spirit drinks up; the terrors of God set themselves in array against me.
Does the wild ass bray when it has grass? Or does the ox low over its fodder?
Can that which has no taste to it be eaten without salt? Or is there any flavor in the white of an egg?
my soul refuses to touch! Such things are like diseased food to me !
Oh, that I might have my request, and that God would grant me the thing that I long for!
I even wish that it would please God to crush me, that He would let loose His hand and cut me off!
Then would I still have consolation--yes, I would leap amid unsparing pain --that I have not concealed or denied the words of the Holy One!
What strength have I left, that I should wait and hope? And what is ahead of me, that I should be patient?
Is my strength and endurance that of stones? Or is my flesh made of bronze?
Is it not that I have no help in myself, and that wisdom is quite driven from me?
To him who is about to faint and despair, kindness is due from his friend, lest he forsake the fear of the Almighty.
my brethren have dealt deceitfully as a brook, as the channel of brooks that pass away,
Which are black and turbid by reason of the ice, and in which the snows hides itself;
When they get warm, they shrink and disappear; when it is hot, they vanish out of their place.
The caravans which travel by way of them turn aside; they go into the waste places and perish.
The caravans of Tema looked , the companies of Sheba waited for them .
They were confounded because they had hoped ; they came there and were bitterly disappointed.
Now to me you are ; you see my dismay and terror, and you are afraid .
Did I ever say, Bring me a gift, or Pay a bribe on my account from your wealth
To deliver me from the adversary's hand, or Redeem me from the hand of the oppressors?
Teach me, and I will hold my peace; and cause me to understand wherein I have erred.
How forcible are words of straightforward speech! But what does your arguing argue and prove or your reproof reprove?
Do you imagine your words to be an argument, but the speeches of one who is desperate to be as wind?
Yes, you would cast lots over the fatherless and bargain away your friend.
Now be pleased to look upon me, that it may be evident to you if I lie .
Return , I pray you, let there be no injustice; yes, return again , my vindication is in it.
Is there wrong on my tongue? Cannot my taste discern what is destructive?
Summary: Have you ever felt like throwing in the towel? Do you know what it means to throw in the towel? It means to quit or to give up.
Have you ever felt like your situation was so hopeless that the only thing you could possibly do was quit and never look back?
Summary: Lately, I have been hearing how the enemy has been picking on people in our church. When the enemy attacks you or your family or some aspect of your life, it might be easy to give up and let him have the victory but that is not what we are supposed to do.
Summary: For Reformation Sunday, October 1987: Job in the Old Testament and Luther in the Reformation Era were chronically unhappy people, but used that as a form of spiritual energy to drive them toward creative achievement and an honest personal faith.