Job 6-9

Posted on October 3, 2011 by

(Based upon the ESV chronological Bible reading plan.)

Job 6

Job Replies: My Complaint Is Just

1Then Job answered and said:
2“Oh that my vexation were weighed,
and all my calamity laid in the balances!
3For then it would be heavier than the sand of the sea;
therefore my words have been rash.
4For the arrows of the Almighty are in me;
my spirit drinks their poison;
the terrors of God are arrayed against me.
5Does the wild donkey bray when he has grass,
or the ox low over his fodder?
6Can that which is tasteless be eaten without salt,
or is there any taste in the juice of the mallow?[a]
7My appetite refuses to touch them;
they are as food that is loathsome to me.[b]

8“Oh that I might have my request,
and that God would fulfill my hope,
9that it would please God to crush me,
that he would let loose his hand and cut me off!
10This would be my comfort;
I would even exult[c] in pain unsparing,
for I have not denied the words of the Holy One.
11What is my strength, that I should wait?
And what is my end, that I should be patient?
12Is my strength the strength of stones, or is my flesh bronze? 13Have I any help in me,
when resource is driven from me?

14“He who withholds[d] kindness from a friend
forsakes the fear of the Almighty.
15My brothers are treacherous as a torrent-bed,
as torrential streams that pass away,
16which are dark with ice,
and where the snow hides itself.
17When they melt, they disappear;
when it is hot, they vanish from their place.
18The caravans turn aside from their course;
they go up into the waste and perish.
19The caravans of Tema look,
the travelers of Sheba hope.
20They are ashamed because they were confident;
they come there and are disappointed.
21For you have now become nothing;
you see my calamity and are afraid.
22Have I said, ‘Make me a gift’?
Or, ‘From your wealth offer a bribe for me’?
23Or, ‘Deliver me from the adversary’s hand’?
Or, ‘Redeem me from the hand of the ruthless’?

24“Teach me, and I will be silent;
make me understand how I have gone astray.
25How forceful are upright words!
But what does reproof from you reprove?
26Do you think that you can reprove words,
when the speech of a despairing man is wind?
27You would even cast lots over the fatherless,
and bargain over your friend.

28“But now, be pleased to look at me,
for I will not lie to your face.
29 Please turn; let no injustice be done.
Turn now; my vindication is at stake.
30Is there any injustice on my tongue?
Cannot my palate discern the cause of calamity?

Job 7

Job Continues: My Life Has No Hope

1“Has not man a hard service on earth,
and are not his days like the days of a hired hand?
2Like a slave who longs for the shadow,
and like a hired hand who looks for his wages,
3so I am allotted months of emptiness,
and nights of misery are apportioned to me.
4 When I lie down I say, ‘When shall I arise?’
But the night is long,
and I am full of tossing till the dawn.
5My flesh is clothed with worms and dirt;
my skin hardens, then breaks out afresh.
6My days are swifter than a weaver’s shuttle
and come to their end without hope.

7“Remember that my life is a breath;
my eye will never again see good.
8 The eye of him who sees me will behold me no more;
while your eyes are on me, I shall be gone.
9As the cloud fades and vanishes,
so he who goes down to Sheol does not come up;
10he returns no more to his house,
nor does his place know him anymore.

11“Therefore I will not restrain my mouth;
I will speak in the anguish of my spirit;
I will complain in the bitterness of my soul.
12Am I the sea, or a sea monster,
that you set a guard over me?
13 When I say, ‘My bed will comfort me,
my couch will ease my complaint,’
14then you scare me with dreams
and terrify me with visions,
15so that I would choose strangling
and death rather than my bones.
16I loathe my life; I would not live forever.
Leave me alone, for my days are a breath.
17 What is man, that you make so much of him,
and that you set your heart on him,
18 visit him every morning
and test him every moment?
19How long will you not look away from me,
nor leave me alone till I swallow my spit?
20If I sin, what do I do to you, you watcher of mankind?
Why have you made me your mark?
Why have I become a burden to you?
21Why do you not pardon my transgression
and take away my iniquity?
For now I shall lie in the earth;
you will seek me, but I shall not be.”

Job 8

Bildad Speaks: Job Should Repent

1Then Bildad the Shuhite answered and said:
2“How long will you say these things,
and the words of your mouth be a great wind?
3 Does God pervert justice?
Or does the Almighty pervert the right?
4If your children have sinned against him,
he has delivered them into the hand of their transgression.
5If you will seek God
and plead with the Almighty for mercy,
6if you are pure and upright,
surely then he will rouse himself for you
and restore your rightful habitation.
7And though your beginning was small,
your latter days will be very great.

8“For inquire, please, of bygone ages,
and consider what the fathers have searched out.
9For we are but of yesterday and know nothing,
for our days on earth are a shadow.
10Will they not teach you and tell you
and utter words out of their understanding?

11“Can papyrus grow where there is no marsh?
Can reeds flourish where there is no water?
12While yet in flower and not cut down,
they wither before any other plant.
13Such are the paths of all who forget God;
the hope of the godless shall perish.
14His confidence is severed,
and his trust is a spider’s web.[e]
15He leans against his house, but it does not stand;
he lays hold of it, but it does not endure.
16He is a lush plant before the sun,
and his shoots spread over his garden.
17His roots entwine the stone heap;
he looks upon a house of stones.
18If he is destroyed from his place,
then it will deny him, saying, ‘I have never seen you.’
19Behold, this is the joy of his way,
and out of the soil others will spring.

20“Behold, God will not reject a blameless man,
nor take the hand of evildoers.
21He will yet fill your mouth with laughter,
and your lips with shouting.
22Those who hate you will be clothed with shame,
and the tent of the wicked will be no more.”

Job 9

Job Replies: There Is No Arbiter

1Then Job answered and said:
2“Truly I know that it is so:
But how can a man be in the right before God?
3If one wished to contend with him,
one could not answer him once in a thousand times.
4He is wise in heart and mighty in strength
—who has hardened himself against him, and succeeded?—
5he who removes mountains, and they know it not,
when he overturns them in his anger,
6who shakes the earth out of its place,
and its pillars tremble;
7who commands the sun, and it does not rise;
who seals up the stars;
8who alone stretched out the heavens
and trampled the waves of the sea;
9who made the Bear and Orion,
the Pleiades and the chambers of the south;
10who does great things beyond searching out,
and marvelous things beyond number.
11Behold, he passes by me, and I see him not;
he moves on, but I do not perceive him.
12Behold, he snatches away; who can turn him back?
Who will say to him, ‘What are you doing?’

13“God will not turn back his anger;
beneath him bowed the helpers of Rahab.
14 How then can I answer him,
choosing my words with him?
15 Though I am in the right, I cannot answer him;
I must appeal for mercy to my accuser.[f]
16If I summoned him and he answered me,
I would not believe that he was listening to my voice.
17For he crushes me with a tempest
and multiplies my wounds without cause;
18he will not let me get my breath,
but fills me with bitterness.
19If it is a contest of strength, behold, he is mighty!
If it is a matter of justice, who can summon him?[g]
20Though I am in the right, my own mouth would condemn me;
though I am blameless, he would prove me perverse.
21I am blameless; I regard not myself;
I loathe my life.
22It is all one; therefore I say,
He destroys both the blameless and the wicked.
23When disaster brings sudden death,
he mocks at the calamity[h] of the innocent.
24 The earth is given into the hand of the wicked;
he covers the faces of its judges—
if it is not he, who then is it?

25“My days are swifter than a runner;
they flee away; they see no good.
26They go by like skiffs of reed,
like an eagle swooping on the prey.
27If I say, ‘I will forget my complaint,
I will put off my sad face, and be of good cheer,’
28I become afraid of all my suffering,
for I know you will not hold me innocent.
29I shall be condemned;
why then do I labor in vain?
30If I wash myself with snow
and cleanse my hands with lye,
31yet you will plunge me into a pit,
and my own clothes will abhor me.
32For he is not a man, as I am, that I might answer him,
that we should come to trial together.
33 There is no[i] arbiter between us,
who might lay his hand on us both.
34 Let him take his rod away from me,
and let not dread of him terrify me.
35Then I would speak without fear of him,
for I am not so in myself.

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