Book of Job
Book of Job Questioning and Doubting God Quotes
How we cite our quotes: (Chapter:Verse)
'But now, be pleased to look at me;
for I will not lie to your face.
Turn, I pray, let no wrong be done.
Turn now, my vindication is at stake.
Is there any wrong on my tongue?
Cannot my taste discern calamity?' (NRSV 6:28-30)
Now therefore be content, look upon me; for it is evident unto you if I lie.
Return, I pray you, let it not be iniquity; yea, return again, my righteousness is in it.
Is there iniquity in my tongue? cannot my taste discern perverse things? (KJV 6:28-30)
This entire book pretty much turns into Job's attempt to prove his innocence. Do his friends believe him? How do Job and his friends see things differently?
'If I sin, what do I do to you, you watcher of humanity?
Why have you made me your target?
Why have I become a burden to you?' (NRSV 7:20)
I have sinned; what shall I do unto thee, O thou preserver of men? why hast thou set me as a mark against thee, so that I am a burden to myself? (KJV 7:20)
Here Job goes, questioning God. Literally. This relationship looks a lot like one between a parent and a child, don't you think? Sure, it's the kid's fault when he misbehaves, but it reflects pretty badly on the parents, too.
'When disaster brings sudden death,
he mocks at the calamity of the innocent.' (NRSV 9:23)
If the scourge slay suddenly, he will laugh at the trial of the innocent. (KJV 9:23)
God doesn't seem like such a nice guy here. In fact, he seems kind of mean. Is this what Job is objecting to?
P.S. Gotta love the KJV. "Scourge" and "slay" for the win.