Job 10
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1  I am disgusted with life; I will give rein to my complaint, Speak in the bitterness of my soul.

א  נָקְטָה נַפְשִׁי בְּחַיָּי אֶעֶזְבָה עָלַי שִׂיחִי אֲדַבְּרָה בְּמַר נַפְשִׁי׃

2  I say to Hashem, “Do not condemn me; Let me know what You charge me with.

ב  אֹמַר אֶל־אֱלוֹהַּ אַל־תַּרְשִׁיעֵנִי הוֹדִיעֵנִי עַל מַה־תְּרִיבֵנִי׃

3  Does it benefit You to defraud, To despise the toil of Your hands, While smiling on the counsel of the wicked?

ג  הֲטוֹב לְךָ כִּי־תַעֲשֹׁק כִּי־תִמְאַס יְגִיעַ כַּפֶּיךָ וְעַל־עֲצַת רְשָׁעִים הוֹפָעְתָּ׃

4  Do You have the eyes of flesh? Is Your vision that of mere men?

ד  הַעֵינֵי בָשָׂר לָךְ אִם־כִּרְאוֹת אֱנוֹשׁ תִּרְאֶה׃

5  Are Your days the days of a mortal, Are Your years the years of a man,

ה  הֲכִימֵי אֱנוֹשׁ יָמֶיךָ אִם־שְׁנוֹתֶיךָ כִּימֵי גָבֶר׃

6  That You seek my iniquity And search out my sin?

ו  כִּי־תְבַקֵּשׁ לַעֲוֺנִי וּלְחַטָּאתִי תִדְרוֹשׁ׃

7  You know that I am not guilty, And that there is none to deliver from Your hand.

ז  עַל־דַּעְתְּךָ כִּי־לֹא אֶרְשָׁע וְאֵין מִיָּדְךָ מַצִּיל׃

8  “Your hands shaped and fashioned me, Then destroyed every part of me.

ח  יָדֶיךָ עִצְּבוּנִי וַיַּעֲשׂוּנִי יַחַד סָבִיב וַתְּבַלְּעֵנִי׃

9  Consider that You fashioned me like clay; Will You then turn me back into dust?

ט  זְכָר־נָא כִּי־כַחֹמֶר עֲשִׂיתָנִי וְאֶל־עָפָר תְּשִׁיבֵנִי׃

10  You poured me out like milk, Congealed me like cheese;

י  הֲלֹא כֶחָלָב תַּתִּיכֵנִי וְכַגְּבִנָּה תַּקְפִּיאֵנִי׃

11  You clothed me with skin and flesh And wove me of bones and sinews;

יא  עוֹר וּבָשָׂר תַּלְבִּישֵׁנִי וּבַעֲצָמוֹת וְגִידִים תְּסֹכְכֵנִי׃

12  You bestowed on me life and care; Your providence watched over my spirit.

יב  חַיִּים וָחֶסֶד עָשִׂיתָ עִמָּדִי וּפְקֻדָּתְךָ שָׁמְרָה רוּחִי׃

13  Yet these things You hid in Your heart; I know that You had this in mind:

יג  וְאֵלֶּה צָפַנְתָּ בִלְבָבֶךָ יָדַעְתִּי כִּי־זֹאת עִמָּךְ׃

14  To watch me when I sinned And not clear me of my iniquity;

יד  אִם־חָטָאתִי וּשְׁמַרְתָּנִי וּמֵעֲוֺנִי לֹא תְנַקֵּנִי׃

15  Should I be guilty—the worse for me! And even when innocent, I cannot lift my head; So sated am I with shame, And drenched in my misery.

טו  אִם־רָשַׁעְתִּי אַלְלַי לִי וְצָדַקְתִּי לֹא־אֶשָּׂא רֹאשִׁי שְׂבַע קָלוֹן וּרְאֵה עָנְיִי׃

16  It is something to be proud of to hunt me like a lion, To show Yourself wondrous through me time and again!

טז  וְיִגְאֶה כַּשַּׁחַל תְּצוּדֵנִי וְתָשֹׁב תִּתְפַּלָּא־בִי׃

17  You keep sending fresh witnesses against me, Letting Your vexation with me grow. I serve my term and am my own replacement.

יז  תְּחַדֵּשׁ עֵדֶיךָ נֶגְדִּי וְתֶרֶב כַּעַשְׂךָ עִמָּדִי חֲלִיפוֹת וְצָבָא עִמִּי׃

18  “Why did You let me come out of the womb? Better had I expired before any eye saw me,

v’-LA-mah may-RE-khem ho-tzay-TA-nee eg-VA v’-A-yin lo tir-AY-nee

יח  וְלָמָּה מֵרֶחֶם הֹצֵאתָנִי אֶגְוַע וְעַיִן לֹא־תִרְאֵנִי׃

10:18   Why did You let me come out of the womb?

The Hebrew word for ‘womb,’ rekhem (רחם), shares a root with the word for ‘compassion,’ which is rakhamim (רחמים). While at first glance the connection between these two words may be unclear, upon further thought it becomes obvious. A mother has a natural love and compassion for her offspring, the fruit of her womb. Iyov wishes he had never been taken out of the womb, because he feels bereft not only of Hashem’s justice, but also of His compassion and mercy.2 comments

19  Had I been as though I never was, Had I been carried from the womb to the grave.

יט  כַּאֲשֶׁר לֹא־הָיִיתִי אֶהְיֶה מִבֶּטֶן לַקֶּבֶר אוּבָל׃

20  My days are few, so desist! Leave me alone, let me be diverted a while

כ  הֲלֹא־מְעַט יָמַי יחדל [וַחֲדָל] ישית [וְשִׁית] מִמֶּנִּי וְאַבְלִיגָה מְּעָט׃

21  Before I depart—never to return— For the land of deepest gloom;

כא  בְּטֶרֶם אֵלֵךְ וְלֹא אָשׁוּב אֶל־אֶרֶץ חֹשֶׁךְ וְצַלְמָוֶת׃

22  A land whose light is darkness, All gloom and disarray, Whose light is like darkness.”

 

כב  אֶרֶץ עֵיפָתָה כְּמוֹ אֹפֶל צַלְמָוֶת וְלֹא סְדָרִים וַתֹּפַע כְּמוֹ־אֹפֶל׃

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