There the wicked cease to make trouble, and there the weary find rest.
So I have been made to inherit months of futility, and troubled nights have been assigned to me.
I give up! I will not live forever. Leave me alone, for my days are a breath.
I am disgusted with my life. I will express my complaint and speak in the bitterness of my soul.
I am weary from my groaning; with my tears I dampen my pillow and drench my bed every night.
My eyes are swollen from grief; they grow old because of all my enemies.
Do not despise the LORD's instruction, my son, and do not loathe His discipline;
for the LORD disciplines the one He loves, just as a father, the son he delights in.
The Lord God has given Me the tongue of those who are instructed to know how to sustain the weary with a word. He awakens [Me] each morning; He awakens My ear to listen like those being instructed.
"As a result, I have begun to strike you severely, bringing desolation because of your sins.
the Sabeans swooped down and took them away. They struck down the servants with the sword, and I alone have escaped to tell you!"
He was still speaking when another [messenger] came and reported: "A lightning storm struck from heaven. It burned up the sheep and the servants, and devoured them, and I alone have escaped to tell you!"
That messenger was still speaking when [yet] another came and reported: "The Chaldeans formed three bands, made a raid on the camels, and took them away. They struck down the servants with the sword, and I alone have escaped to tell you!"
He was still speaking when another [messenger] came and reported: "Your sons and daughters were eating and drinking wine in their oldest brother's house.
Suddenly a powerful wind swept in from the desert and struck the four corners of the house. It collapsed on the young people so that they died, and I alone have escaped to tell you!"
when the Almighty was still with me and my children were around me,
when my feet were bathed in cream and the rock poured out streams of oil for me!
When I went out to the city gate and took my seat in the town square,
the young men saw me and withdrew, while older men stood to their feet.
City officials stopped talking and covered their mouths with [their] hands.
The noblemen's voices were hushed, and their tongues stuck to the roof of their mouths.
When they heard me, they blessed me, and when they saw me, they spoke well of me.
For I rescued the poor man who cried out for help, and the fatherless child who had no one to support him.
The dying man blessed me, and I made the widow's heart rejoice.
I clothed myself in righteousness, and it enveloped me; my just decisions were like a robe and a turban.
I was eyes to the blind and feet to the lame.
I was a father to the needy, and I examined the case of the stranger.
I shattered the fangs of the unjust and snatched the prey from his teeth.
So I thought: I will die in my own nest and multiply [my] days as the sand.
My roots will have access to water, and the dew will rest on my branches all night.
My strength will be refreshed within me, and my bow will be renewed in my hand.
Men listened to me with expectation, waiting silently for my advice.
After a word from me they did not speak again; my speech settled on them [like dew].
They waited for me as for the rain and opened their mouths as for spring showers.
If I smiled at them, they couldn't believe [it]; they were thrilled at the light of my countenance.
I directed their course and presided as chief. I lived as a king among his troops, like one who comforts those who mourn.