Job 6
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1  Then Iyov answered and said:

א  וַיַּעַן אִיּוֹב וַיֹּאמַר.

2  Oh that my vexation were but weighed, and my calamity laid in the balances altogether!

ב  לוּ שָׁקוֹל יִשָּׁקֵל כַּעְשִׂי והיתי (וְהַוָּתִי) בְּמֹאזְנַיִם יִשְׂאוּ יָחַד.

3  For now it would be heavier than the sand of the seas; therefore are my words broken.

ג  כִּי עַתָּה מֵחוֹל יַמִּים יִכְבָּד עַל כֵּן דְּבָרַי לָעוּ.

4  For the arrows of the Almighty are within me, the poison whereof my spirit drinketh up; the terrors of God do set themselves in array against me.

ד  כִּי חִצֵּי שַׁדַּי עִמָּדִי אֲשֶׁר חֲמָתָם שֹׁתָה רוּחִי בִּעוּתֵי אֱלוֹהַּ יַעַרְכוּנִי.

5  Doth the wild ass bray when he hath grass? or loweth the ox over his fodder?

ה  הֲיִנְהַק פֶּרֶא עֲלֵי דֶשֶׁא אִם יִגְעֶה שּׁוֹר עַל בְּלִילוֹ.

6  Can that which hath no savour be eaten without salt? or is there any taste in the juice of mallows?

ו  הֲיֵאָכֵל תָּפֵל מִבְּלִי מֶלַח אִם יֶשׁ טַעַם בְּרִיר חַלָּמוּת.

7  My soul refuseth to touch them; they are as the sickness of my flesh.

ז  מֵאֲנָה לִנְגּוֹעַ נַפְשִׁי הֵמָּה כִּדְוֵי לַחְמִי.

8  Oh that I might have my request, and that God would grant me the thing that I long for!

ח  מִי יִתֵּן תָּבוֹא שֶׁאֱלָתִי וְתִקְוָתִי יִתֵּן אֱלוֹהַּ.

9  Even that it would please God to crush me; that He would let loose His hand, and cut me off!

ט  וְיֹאֵל אֱלוֹהַּ וִידַכְּאֵנִי יַתֵּר יָדוֹ וִיבַצְּעֵנִי.

10  Then should I yet have comfort; yea, I would exult in pain, though He spare not; for I have not denied the words of the Holy One.

י  וּתְהִי עוֹד נֶחָמָתִי וַאֲסַלְּדָה בְחִילָה לֹא יַחְמוֹל כִּי לֹא כִחַדְתִּי אִמְרֵי קָדוֹשׁ.

11  What is my strength, that I should wait? and what is mine end, that I should be patient?

יא  מַה כֹּחִי כִי אֲיַחֵל וּמַה קִּצִּי כִּי אַאֲרִיךְ נַפְשִׁי.

12  Is my strength the strength of stones? or is my flesh of brass?

יב  אִם כֹּחַ אֲבָנִים כֹּחִי אִם בְּשָׂרִי נָחוּשׁ.

13  Is it that I have no help in me, and that sound wisdom is driven quite from me?

יג  הַאִם אֵין עֶזְרָתִי בִי וְתֻשִׁיָּה נִדְּחָה מִמֶּנִּי.

14  To him that is ready to faint kindness is due from his friend, even to him that forsaketh the fear of the Almighty.

יד  לַמָּס מֵרֵעֵהוּ חָסֶד וְיִרְאַת שַׁדַּי יַעֲזוֹב.

15  My brethren have dealt deceitfully as a brook, as the channel of brooks that overflow,

טו  אַחַי בָּגְדוּ כְמוֹ נָחַל כַּאֲפִיק נְחָלִים יַעֲבֹרוּ.

16  Which are black by reason of the ice, and wherein the snow hideth itself;

טז  הַקֹּדְרִים מִנִּי קָרַח עָלֵימוֹ יִתְעַלֶּם שָׁלֶג.

17  What time they wax warm, they vanish, when it is hot, they are consumed out of their place.

יז  בְּעֵת יְזֹרְבוּ נִצְמָתוּ בְּחֻמּוֹ נִדְעֲכוּ מִמְּקוֹמָם.

18  The paths of their way do wind, they go up into the waste, and are lost.

יח  יִלָּפְתוּ אָרְחוֹת דַּרְכָּם יַעֲלוּ בַתֹּהוּ וְיֹאבֵדוּ.

19  The caravans of Tema looked, the companies of Sheba waited for them–

יט  הִבִּיטוּ אָרְחוֹת תֵּמָא הֲלִיכֹת שְׁבָא קִוּוּ לָמוֹ.

20  They were ashamed because they had hoped; they came thither, and were confounded.

כ  בֹּשׁוּ כִּי בָטָח בָּאוּ עָדֶיהָ וַיֶּחְפָּרוּ.

21  For now ye are become His; ye see a terror, and are afraid.

כא  כִּי עַתָּה הֱיִיתֶם לֹא תִּרְאוּ חֲתַת וַתִּירָאוּ.

22  Did I say: ‘Give unto me’? or: ‘Offer a present for me of your substance’?

כב  הֲכִי אָמַרְתִּי הָבוּ לִי וּמִכֹּחֲכֶם שִׁחֲדוּ בַעֲדִי.

23  or: ‘Deliver me from the adversary’s hand’? or: ‘Redeem me from the hand of the oppressors’?

כג  וּמַלְּטוּנִי מִיַּד צָר וּמִיַּד עָרִיצִים תִּפְדּוּנִי.

24  Teach me, and I will hold my peace; and cause me to understand wherein I have erred.

כד  הוֹרוּנִי וַאֲנִי אַחֲרִישׁ וּמַה שָּׁגִיתִי הָבִינוּ לִי.

25  How forcible are words of uprightness! But what doth your arguing argue?

כה  מַה נִּמְרְצוּ אִמְרֵי יֹשֶׁר וּמַה יּוֹכִיחַ הוֹכֵחַ מִכֶּם.

26  Do ye hold words to be an argument, but the speeches of one that is desperate to be wind?

כו  הַלְהוֹכַח מִלִּים תַּחְשֹׁבוּ וּלְרוּחַ אִמְרֵי נֹאָשׁ.

27  Yea, ye would cast lots upon the fatherless, and dig a pit for your friend.

af al ya-TOM ta-PEE-lu v’-tikh-RU al ray-a-KHEM

כז  אַף עַל יָתוֹם תַּפִּילוּ וְתִכְרוּ עַל רֵיעֲכֶם.

6:27   Ye would cast lots upon the fatherless

In Isaiah, the destruction of the Land of Israel and the exile of the Jewish people is attributed to the corruption of the Jews of Jerusalem. Isaiah illustrates this corruption with examples, such as failing to pursue justice for orphans (Isaiah 1:23). Similarly, Job warns his fellows that while they might view themselves as righteous, it is for their kindness to the needy, such as himself, that they will be rewarded, and for its lack that they will be punished. 

Comment

28  Now therefore be pleased to look upon me; for surely I shall not lie to your face.

כח  וְעַתָּה הוֹאִילוּ פְנוּ בִי וְעַל פְּנֵיכֶם אִם אֲכַזֵּב.

29  Return, I pray you, let there be no injustice; yea, return again, my cause is righteous.

כט  שׁוּבוּ נָא אַל תְּהִי עַוְלָה ושבי (וְשֻׁבוּ) עוֹד צִדְקִי בָהּ.

30  Is there injustice on my tongue? Cannot my taste discern crafty devices?

ל  הֲיֵשׁ בִּלְשׁוֹנִי עַוְלָה אִם חִכִּי לֹא יָבִין הַוּוֹת.

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Job 6