| 1 ¶ My soul is weary
of my life; I will leave my complaint upon myself; I will speak in the
bitterness of my soul.
.2 I will say unto God, Do not condemn me; shew me wherefore thou contendest with me.
.3 Is it good unto thee that thou shouldest oppress, that thou shouldest despise the work of thine hands, and shine upon the counsel of the wicked?
4 Hast thou eyes of flesh? or seest thou as man seeth?
5 Are thy days as the days of man? are thy years as man's days,
6 That thou enquirest after mine iniquity, and searchest after my sin?
.7 Thou knowest that I am not wicked; and there is none that can deliver out of thine hand.
| 1 -
The word is sometimes used as we use the word "self."
2 - Shew me Job wants to know why his trial has come and proposes several possibilities but rejects them as contrary to God's character.
3 - Is it good ... oppress? Compare v8, ps13808.
3 - Shine upon Or "prosper."
4 - Eyes of flesh? Does God know more than humans can see? See je3219.
¶ Thine hands have made me and fashioned me together round about;
yet thou dost destroy me.
9 Remember, I beseech thee, that thou hast made me as the clay; and wilt thou bring me into dust again?
10 Hast thou not poured me out as milk, and curdled me like cheese?
11 Thou hast clothed me with skin and flesh, and hast fenced me with bones and sinews.
.12 Thou hast granted me life and favour, and thy visitation hath preserved my spirit.
13 And these things hast thou hid in thine heart: I know that this is with thee.
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hands By creating Adam, God has given life to all of us ge0207.
12 - Favour From chesed, a word difficult to describe in English. "steadfast love" (RSV).
13 - These things ... hid God knew before He gave Job life that the trouble would come to His servant.
¶ If I sin, then thou markest me, and thou wilt not acquit me from
.15 If I be wicked, woe unto me; and if I be righteous, yet will I not lift up my head. I am full of confusion; therefore see thou mine affliction;
16 For it increaseth. Thou huntest me as a fierce lion: and again thou shewest thyself marvellous upon me.
17 Thou renewest thy witnesses against me, and increasest thine indignation upon me; changes and war are against me.
- Sin From chata, "to miss the mark"
15 - Be wicked Act violently and in rebellion in contrast to "sin" of v14.
15 - Full of confusion Job saw no way out. Compare ps088.
| 18 Wherefore then hast
thou brought me forth 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 let me alone, that I may take comfort a little,
.21 Before I go whence I shall not return, even to the land of darkness and the shadow of death;
.22 A land of darkness, as darkness itself; and of the shadow of death, without any order, and where the light is as darkness.
- Brought me forth See his earlier regret of having been
18 - Ghost Or "breath." See the reference above.
21 - Whence ... not return He was speaking doubt. Compare jb1925.
22 - Darkness ... without ... order A description of death except that the concept of being unconscious in death is important. See ps10404, ec0905f, ge0915, ps11517, 1co1551.