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Job, taking liberty of complaint, expostulates with God about his afflictions.
10:1 “My soul is weary of my life.
I will give free course to my complaint.
I will speak in the bitterness of my soul.
10:2 I will tell God,‘Do not condemn me.
Show me why you contend with me.
10:3 Is it good to you that you should oppress,
that you should despise the work of your hands,
and smile on the counsel of the wicked?
10:4 Do you have eyes of flesh?
Or do you see as man sees?
10:5 Are your days as the days of mortals,
or your years as man’s years,
10:6 that you inquire after my iniquity,
and search after my sin?
10:7 Although you know that I am not wicked,
there is no one who can deliver out of your hand.
10:8 “‘Your hands have framed me and fashioned me altogether,
yet you destroy me.
10:9 Remember, I beg you, that you have fashioned me as clay.
Will you bring me into dust again?
10:10 Haven’t you poured me out like milk,
and curdled me like cheese?
10:11 You have clothed me with skin and flesh,
and knit me together with bones and sinews.
10:12 You have granted me life and loving kindness.
Your visitation has preserved my spirit.
10:13 Yet you hid these things in your heart.
I know that this is with you:
10:14 if I sin, then you mark me.
You will not acquit me from my iniquity.
10:15 If I am wicked, woe to me.
If I am righteous, I still shall not lift up my head,
being filled with disgrace,
and conscious of my affliction.
10:16 If my head is held high, you hunt me like a lion.
Again you show yourself powerful to me.
10:17 You renew your witnesses against me,
and increase your indignation on me.
Changes and warfare are with me.
He complains of life, and craves a little ease before death.
10:18 “‘Why, then, have you brought me forth out of the womb?
I wish I had given up the spirit, and no eye had seen me.
10:19 I should have been as though I had not been.
I should have been carried from the womb to the grave.
10:20 Aren’t my days few?
Leave me alone, that I may find a little comfort,
10:21 before I go where I shall not return from,
to the land of darkness and of the shadow of death;
10:22 the land dark as midnight,
of the shadow of death,
without any order,
where the light is as midnight.’”