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Job 10

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 1 [Job still speaking] "My soul is weary of my life; I will give free rein to my complaint; I will speak in the bitterness of my soul.

 2 I will say to God, 'Do not condemn me; show me why you contend with me.

 3 Is it good to you that you should oppress, that you should despise the work of your hands, and shine upon the counsel of the wicked?

 4 Do you have eyes of flesh? O do you see as man sees?

 5 Are your days as the days of man? Are your years as man's days,

 6 That you inquire after my iniquity, and search after my sin,

 7 Although you know that I am not wicked; and there is none who can deliver out of your hand?

 8 Your hands have made me and fashioned me altogether; would you destroy me?

 9 Remember, I beseech you, that you have made me as the [potter makes] clay; and will you bring me into dust again?

 10 Have you not poured me out like milk, and curdled me like cheese?

 11 You have clothed me with skin and flesh, and have knit me together with bones and sinews.

 12 You have granted me life and favor, and your visitation has preserved my spirit.

 13 Yet these things have you hidden in your heart. I know that this was with you:

 14 If I sin, then observe me, and you will not acquit me from my iniquity.

 15 If I am wicked, woe to me. Even if I am righteous, I cannot lift up my head, for I am full of disgrace and see my affliction.

 16 If I lift my head up high, you hunt me like a fierce lion and again show yourself awsome against me.

 17 You renew your witnesses against me, and increase your indignation upon me; attacks are against me time after time.

 18 Why then have you brought me out of the womb? Oh that I had given up the ghost, and no eye had seen me!

 19 I should have been as though I had not been; I should have been carried from the womb to the grave.

 20 Are not my days few? Cease then and leave me alone, that I may take a little comfort,

 21 Before I go where I shall not return, even to the land of darkness and the shadow of death;

 22 A land of darkness, like darkness itself; and of the shadow of death, without any order, where even the light is like darkness.'" [All men sit in darkness and walk in darkness until their hearts have been purged from the evil that defiles them.]


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