But Job answered and said,
Oh that my grief were throughly weighed,
And my calamity laid in the balances together!
For now it would be heavier than the sand of the sea:
Therefore my words are swallowed up.
Ps. 38:2For the arrows of the Almighty are within me,
The poison whereof drinketh up my spirit:
Ps. 88:15The terrors of God do set themselves in array against me.
Doth the wild ass bray when he hath grass?
Or loweth the ox over his fodder?
Can that which is unsavoury be eaten without salt?
Or is there any taste in the white of an egg?
The things that my soul refused to touch
Are as my sorrowful meat.
O that I might have my request;
And that God would grant me the thing that I long for!
Even that it would please God to destroy me:
That he would let loose his hand, and cut me off!
Then should I yet have comfort;
Yea, I would harden myself in sorrow; let him not spare:
For Acts 20:20I have not concealed the words of Lev. 19:2;Is. 57:15the Holy One.
What is my strength, that I should hope?
And what is mine end, that I should prolong my life?
Is my strength the strength of stones?
Or is my flesh of brass?
Is not my help in me?
And is wisdom driven quite from me?
Prov. 17:17To him that is afflicted pity should be shewed from his friend;
But he forsaketh the fear of the Almighty.
Ps. 38:11My brethren have dealt deceitfully as a brook,
And Jer. 15:18as the stream of brooks they pass away;
Which are blackish by reason of the ice,
And wherein the snow is hid:
What time they wax warm, they vanish:
When it is hot, they are consumed out of their place.
The paths of their way are turned aside;
They go to nothing, and perish.
The troops of Gen. 25:15Tema looked,
The companies of Ps. 72:10Sheba waited for them.
They were Jer. 14:3confounded because they had hoped;
They came thither, and were ashamed.
For now ch. 13:4ye are nothing;
Ye see my casting down, and Ps. 38:11are afraid.
Did I say, Bring unto me?
Or, Give a reward for me of your substance?
Or, Deliver me from the enemy's hand?
Or, Redeem me from the hand of the mighty?
Teach me, and I will hold my tongue:
And cause me to understand wherein I have erred.
How forcible are right words!
But what doth your arguing reprove?
Do ye imagine to reprove words,
And the speeches of one that is desperate, which are as wind?
Yea, ye overwhelm the fatherless,
And you Ps. 57:6dig a pit for your friend.
Now therefore be content, look upon me;
For it is evident unto you if I lie.
ch. 17:10Return, I pray you, let it not be iniquity;
Yea, return again, my righteousness is in it.
Is there iniquity in my tongue?
Cannot my taste discern perverse things?