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The Catholic Study Bible A special version of the New American Bible, with a wealth of background information useful to Catholics.

Chapter 6

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Job's First Reply. 1Then Job answered and said:

2Ah, could my anguish but be measured and my calamity laid with it in the scales, 3They would now outweigh the sands of the sea! Because of this I speak without restraint. 4For the arrows of the Almighty pierce me, x Ps 88, 17 . and my spirit drinks in their poison; the terrors of God are arrayed against me. 5Does the wild ass bray when he has grass?* Does the ox low over his fodder? 6Can a thing insipid be eaten without salt? Is there flavor in the white of an egg? 7I refuse to touch them; they are loathsome food to me. 8Oh, that I might have my request, and that God would grant what I long for: 9Even that God would decide to crush me, that he would put forth his hand and cut me off! 10Then I should still have consolation and could exult through unremitting pain, because I have not transgressed the commands of the Holy One. 11What strength have I that I should endure, and what is my limit that I should be patient? 12Have I the strength of stones, or is my flesh of bronze? 13Have I no helper, y Jb 19, 14f . and has advice deserted me? 14A friend owes kindness to one in despair, though he have forsaken the fear of the Almighty. 15My brethren are undependable as a brook, as watercourses that run dry in the wadies; 16Though they may be black with ice, and with snow heaped upon them, 17Yet once they flow, they cease to be; in the heat, they disappear from their place. 18Caravans turn aside from their routes; they go into the desert and perish. 19The caravans of Tema* search, the companies of Sheba have hopes; 20They are disappointed, though they were confident; they come there and are frustrated. 21It is thus that you have now become for me; you see a terrifying thing and are afraid. 22Have I asked you to give me anything, to offer a gift for me from your possessions, 23Or to deliver me from the enemy, or to redeem me from oppressors? 24Teach me, and I will be silent; prove to me wherein I have erred. 25How agreeable are honest words; yet how unconvincing is your argument! 26Do you consider your words as proof, but the sayings of a desperate man as wind? 27You would even cast lots for the orphan, and would barter away your friend! 28Come, now, give me your attention; surely I will not lie to your face. 29Think it over; let there be no injustice. Think it over; I still am right. 30Is there insincerity on my tongue, or cannot my taste discern falsehood?

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x: Ps 88, 17 .

y: Jb 19, 14f .

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