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Job 10 - American Standard Version 2015

Job: I Would Plead with God

1. My soul is weary of my life;\par\tab I will give free course to my complaint;\par\tab I will speak in the bitterness of my soul.

2. I will say unto God, Do not condemn me;\par\tab Show me wherefore thou contendest with me.

3. Is it good unto thee that thou shouldest oppress,\par\tab That thou shouldest despise the work of thy hands,\par\tab And shine upon the counsel of the wicked?

4. Hast thou eyes of flesh?\par\tab Or seest thou as man seeth?

5. Are thy days as the days of man,\par\tab Or thy years as man's days,

6. That thou inquirest after mine iniquity,\par\tab And searchest after my sin,

7. Although thou knowest that I am not wicked,\par\tab And there is none that can deliver out of thy hand?\par

8. Thy hands have framed me and fashioned me\par\tab Together round about; yet thou dost destroy me.

9. Remember, I beseech thee, that thou hast fashioned me as clay;\par\tab And wilt thou bring me into dust again?

10. Hast thou not poured me out as milk,\par\tab And curdled me like cheese?

11. Thou hast clothed me with skin and flesh,\par\tab And knit me together with bones and sinews.

12. Thou hast granted me life and lovingkindness;\par\tab And thy visitation hath preserved my spirit.

13. Yet these things thou didst hide in thy heart;\par\tab I know that this is with thee:

14. If I sin, then thou markest me,\par\tab And thou wilt not acquit me from mine iniquity.

15. If I be wicked, woe unto me;\par\tab And if I be righteous, yet shall I not lift up my head;\par\tab Being filled with ignominy,\par\tab And looking upon mine affliction.

16. And if {\i my head} exalt itself, thou huntest me as a lion;\par\tab And again thou showest thyself marvellous upon me.

17. Thou renewest thy witnesses against me,\par\tab And increasest thine indignation upon me:\par\tab Changes and warfare are with me.\par

18. Wherefore then hast thou brought me forth out of the womb?\par\tab I had given up the ghost, and no eye had seen me.

19. I should have been as though I had not been;\par\tab I should have been carried from the womb to the grave.

20. Are not my days few? cease then,\par\tab And let me alone, that I may take comfort a little,

21. Before I go whence I shall not return,\par\tab {\i Even} to the land of darkness and of the shadow of death;

22. The land dark as midnight,\par\tab {\i The land} of the shadow of death, without any order,\par\tab And where the light is as midnight.\par

American Standard Version-2015

Edited by Jeff D. Huddleston. Based on the 1901 American Standard Version (ASV-1901).