Job 6
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1  Then Iyov said in reply:

א  וַיַּעַן אִיּוֹב וַיֹּאמַר׃

2  If my anguish were weighed, My full calamity laid on the scales,

ב  לוּ שָׁקוֹל יִשָּׁקֵל כַּעְשִׂי והיתי [וְהַוָּתִי] בְּמֹאזְנַיִם יִשְׂאוּ־יָחַד׃

3  It would be heavier than the sand of the sea; That is why I spoke recklessly.

ג  כִּי־עַתָּה מֵחוֹל יַמִּים יִכְבָּד עַל־כֵּן דְּבָרַי לָעוּ׃

4  For the arrows of the Almighty are in me; My spirit absorbs their poison; Hashem’s terrors are arrayed against me.

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

5  Does a wild ass bray when he has grass? Does a bull bellow over his fodder?

ה  הֲיִנְהַק־פֶּרֶא עֲלֵי־דֶשֶׁא אִם יִגְעֶה־שּׁוֹר עַל־בְּלִילוֹ׃

6  Can what is tasteless be eaten without salt? Does mallow juice have any flavor?

ו  הֲיֵאָכֵל תָּפֵל מִבְּלִי־מֶלַח אִם־יֶשׁ־טַעַם בְּרִיר חַלָּמוּת׃

7  I refuse to touch them; They are like food when I am sick.

ז  מֵאֲנָה לִנְגּוֹעַ נַפְשִׁי הֵמָּה כִּדְוֵי לַחְמִי׃

8  Would that my request were granted, That Hashem gave me what I wished for;

ח  מִי־יִתֵּן תָּבוֹא שֶׁאֱלָתִי וְתִקְוָתִי יִתֵּן אֱלוֹהַּ׃

9  Would that Hashem consented to crush me, Loosed His hand and cut me off.

ט  וְיֹאֵל אֱלוֹהַּ וִידַכְּאֵנִי יַתֵּר יָדוֹ וִיבַצְּעֵנִי׃

10  Then this would be my consolation, As I writhed in unsparing pains: That I did not suppress my words against the Holy One.

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

11  What strength have I, that I should endure? How long have I to live, that I should be patient?

יא  מַה־כֹּחִי כִי־אֲיַחֵל וּמַה־קִּצִּי כִּי־אַאֲרִיךְ נַפְשִׁי׃

12  Is my strength the strength of rock? Is my flesh bronze?

יב  אִם־כֹּחַ אֲבָנִים כֹּחִי אִם־בְּשָׂרִי נָחוּשׁ׃

13  Truly, I cannot help myself; I have been deprived of resourcefulness.

יג  הַאִם אֵין עֶזְרָתִי בִי וְתֻשִׁיָּה נִדְּחָה מִמֶּנִּי׃

14  A friend owes loyalty to one who fails, Though he forsakes the fear of the Almighty;

יד  לַמָּס מֵרֵעֵהוּ חָסֶד וְיִרְאַת שַׁדַּי יַעֲזוֹב׃

15  My comrades are fickle, like a wadi, Like a bed on which streams once ran.

טו  אַחַי בָּגְדוּ כְמוֹ־נָחַל כַּאֲפִיק נְחָלִים יַעֲבֹרוּ׃

16  They are dark with ice; Snow obscures them;

טז  הַקֹּדְרִים מִנִּי־קָרַח עָלֵימוֹ יִתְעַלֶּם־שָׁלֶג׃

17  But when they thaw, they vanish; In the heat, they disappear where they are.

יז  בְּעֵת יְזֹרְבוּ נִצְמָתוּ בְּחֻמּוֹ נִדְעֲכוּ מִמְּקוֹמָם׃

18  Their course twists and turns; They run into the desert and perish.

יח  יִלָּפְתוּ אָרְחוֹת דַּרְכָּם יַעֲלוּ בַתֹּהוּ וְיֹאבֵדוּ׃

19  Caravans from Tema look to them; Processions from Sheba count on them.

יט  הִבִּיטוּ אָרְחוֹת תֵּמָא הֲלִיכֹת שְׁבָא קִוּוּ־לָמוֹ׃

20  They are disappointed in their hopes; When they reach the place, they stand aghast.

כ  בֹּשׁוּ כִּי־בָטָח בָּאוּ עָדֶיהָ וַיֶּחְפָּרוּ׃

21  So you are as nothing: At the sight of misfortune, you take fright.

כא  כִּי־עַתָּה הֱיִיתֶם לא [לוֹ] תִּרְאוּ חֲתַת וַתִּירָאוּ׃

22  Did I say to you, “I need your gift; Pay a bribe for me out of your wealth;

כב  הֲ‍כִי־אָמַרְתִּי הָבוּ לִי וּמִכֹּחֲכֶם שִׁחֲדוּ בַעֲדִי׃

23  Deliver me from the clutches of my enemy; Redeem me from violent men”?

כג  וּמַלְּטוּנִי מִיַּד־צָר וּמִיַּד עָרִיצִים תִּפְדּוּנִי׃

24  Teach me; I shall be silent; Tell me where I am wrong.

כד  הוֹרוּנִי וַאֲנִי אַחֲרִישׁ וּמַה־שָּׁגִיתִי הָבִינוּ לִי׃

25  How trenchant honest words are; But what sort of reproof comes from you?

כה  מַה־נִּמְרְצוּ אִמְרֵי־יֹשֶׁר וּמַה־יּוֹכִיחַ הוֹכֵחַ מִכֶּם׃

26  Do you devise words of reproof, But count a hopeless man’s words as wind?

כו  הַלְהוֹכַח מִלִּים תַּחְשֹׁבוּ וּלְרוּחַ אִמְרֵי נֹאָשׁ׃

27  You would even cast lots over an orphan, Or barter away 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   You would even cast lots over an orphan

In Sefer Yeshayahu, the impending destruction of the land of Israel and exile of its people is attributed to the corruption of the residents of YerushalayimYeshayahu illustrates this corruption with examples, such as failing to pursue justice for orphans (Isaiah 1:23). Similarly, Iyov 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 be so good as to face me; I will not lie to your face.

כח  וְעַתָּה הוֹאִילוּ פְנוּ־בִי וְעַל־פְּנֵיכֶם אִם־אֲכַזֵּב׃

29  Relent! Let there not be injustice; Relent! I am still in the right.

כט  שֻׁבוּ־נָא אַל־תְּהִי עַוְלָה ושבי [וְשׁוּבוּ] עוֹד צִדְקִי־בָהּ׃

30  Is injustice on my tongue? Can my palate not discern evil?

 

ל  הֲיֵשׁ־בִּלְשׁוֹנִי עַוְלָה אִם־חִכִּי לֹא־יָבִין הַוּוֹת׃

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