Job 10:1-22 NIV
1“I loathe my very life;
therefore I will give free rein to my complaint
and speak out in the bitterness of my soul.
2I say to GOD:
Do not declare me guilty,
but tell me what charges YOU Have Against me.
3Does it please YOU To Oppress me,
to Spurn the Work of YOUR Hands,
while YOU Smile on the plans of the wicked?
4Do YOU Have Eyes of flesh?
Do YOU See as a mortal sees?
5Are YOUR Days like those of a mortal
or YOUR Years like those of a strong man,
6that YOU Must Search Out my faults
and Probe after my sin—
7though YOU Know that I am not guilty
and that no one can rescue me from YOUR Hand?
8“YOUR Hands Shaped me and Made me.
Will YOU now Turn and Destroy me?
9Remember that YOU Molded me like clay.
Will YOU now Turn me to dust again?
10Did YOU Not Pour me Out like milk
and Curdle me like cheese,
11Clothe me with skin and flesh
and Knit me together with bones and sinews?
12YOU Gave me life and Showed me kindness,
and in YOUR Providence Watched over my spirit.
13“But This Is What YOU Concealed in Your Heart,
and I know that this was in YOUR Mind:
14If I sinned, YOU Would Be Watching me
and Would Not Let my offense go unpunished.
15If I am guilty—woe to me!
Even if I am innocent, I cannot lift my head,
for I am full of shame
and drowned ina my affliction.
16If I hold my head high, YOU Stalk me like a lion
and again Display YOUR Awesome Power against me.
17YOU Bring new witnesses against me
and Increase YOUR Anger toward me;
YOUR Forces Come against me wave upon wave.
18“Why then did YOU Bring me out of the womb?
I wish I had died before any eye saw me.
19If only I had never come into being,
or had been carried straight from the womb to the grave!
20Are not my few days almost over?
Turn away from me so I can have a moment’s joy
21before I go to the place of no return,
to the land of gloom and utter darkness,
22to the land of deepest night,
of utter darkness and disorder,
where even the light is like darkness.”
Being daunted with the dread of GOD'S Majesty, so that he could not plead his cause with HIM, he resolves to give himself some ease by giving vent to his resentments. He begins with vehement language: "My soul is weary of my life, weary of this body, and impatient to get clear of it, fallen out with life, and displeased at it, sick of it, and longing for death."
Here is a prayer that he might be delivered from the sting of his afflictions, which is sin. When GOD afflicts us, HE Contends with us; when HE Contends with us, there is always a reason; and it is desirable to know the reason, that we may repent of and forsake the sin for which GOD Has a controversy with us.
But when, like Job, we speak in the bitterness of our souls, we increase guilt and vexation. Let us harbor no hard thoughts of GOD; we shall hereafter see there was no cause for them. Job is sure that GOD Does Not Discover things, nor judge of them, as men do; therefore he thinks it strange that GOD Continues to put him under affliction, as if HE Must Take time to inquire into his sin.
Job admits here that he was full of confusion (v. 15), and as he was so was his discourse. He did not know what to say, and perhaps sometimes scarcely knew what he said.
In this chapter,
I. He complains of the hardships he was under (v. 1-7), and then comforts himself with this, that he was in the Hand of The GOD WHO Made him, and pleads that (v. 8-13).
II. He complains again of the Severity of GOD'S Dealings with him (v. 14-17), and then comforts himself with this, that death would put an end to his troubles (v. 18-22).