New International Version
Is tasteless food eaten without salt, or is there flavor in the sap of the mallow?
I refuse to touch it; such food makes me ill.
"Oh, that I might have my request, that God would grant what I hope for,"
That God would be willing to crush me, to let loose his hand and cut off my life!
Then I would still have this consolation – my joy in unrelenting pain – that I had not denied the words of the Holy One.
"What strength do I have, that I should still hope? What prospects, that I should be patient?"
Do I have the strength of stone? Is my flesh bronze?
Do I have any power to help myself, now that success has been driven from me?
"Anyone who withholds kindness from a friend forsakes the fear of the Almighty."
But my brothers are as undependable as intermittent streams, as the streams that overflow
When darkened by thawing ice and swollen with melting snow
But that cease to flow in the dry season, and in the heat vanish from their channels.
Caravans turn aside from their routes; they go off into the wasteland and perish.
The caravans of Tema look for water, the traveling merchants of Sheba look in hope.
They are distressed, because they had been confident; they arrive there, only to be disappointed.
Can that which has no taste to it be eaten without salt? Or is there any flavor in the white of an egg?
[These afflictions] my soul refuses to touch! Such things are like diseased food to me [sickening and repugnant]!
Oh, that I might have my request, and that God would grant me the thing that I long for!
I even wish that it would please God to crush me, that He would let loose His hand and cut me off!
Then would I still have consolation--yes, I would leap [for joy] amid unsparing pain [though I shrink from it]--that I have not concealed or denied the words of the Holy One!
What strength have I left, that I should wait and hope? And what is ahead of me, that I should be patient?
Is my strength and endurance that of stones? Or is my flesh made of bronze?
Is it not that I have no help in myself, and that wisdom is quite driven from me?
To him who is about to faint and despair, kindness is due from his friend, lest he forsake the fear of the Almighty.
[You] my brethren have dealt deceitfully as a brook, as the channel of brooks that pass away
Which are black and turbid by reason of the ice, and in which the snows hides itself;
When they get warm, they shrink and disappear; when it is hot, they vanish out of their place.
The caravans which travel by way of them turn aside; they go into the waste places and perish. [Such is my disappointment in you, the friends I fully trusted.]
The caravans of Tema looked [for water], the companies of Sheba waited for them [in vain].
They were confounded because they had hoped [to find water]; they came there and were bitterly disappointed.
King James Version
Can that which is unsavoury be eaten without salt? or is there any taste in the white of an egg?
The things that my soul refused to touch are as my sorrowful meat.
Oh that I might have my request; and that God would grant me the thing that I long for!
Even that it would please God to destroy me; that he would let loose his hand, and cut me off!
Then should I yet have comfort; yea, I would harden myself in sorrow: let him not spare; for I have not concealed the words of the Holy One.
What is my strength, that I should hope? and what is mine end, that I should prolong my life?
Is my strength the strength of stones? or is my flesh of brass?
Is not my help in me? and is wisdom driven quite from me?
To him that is afflicted pity should be shewed from his friend; but he forsaketh the fear of the Almighty.
My brethren have dealt deceitfully as a brook, and as the stream of brooks they pass away;
Which are blackish by reason of the ice, and wherein the snow is hid:
What time they wax warm, they vanish: when it is hot, they are consumed out of their place.
The paths of their way are turned aside; they go to nothing, and perish.
The troops of Tema looked, the companies of Sheba waited for them.
They were confounded because they had hoped; they came thither, and were ashamed.
Becoming a Christian
Would you like to experience forgiveness and new life from the God of the Bible,
who calls every person to believe that he sent his son Jesus Christ
to make this possible?
The Bible explains why everyone needs to receive forgiveness and is called to serve
Jesus Christ. The consistency of the Bible story, which was authored by people living
thousands of years apart from diverse cultures and even different languages, is
often cited as evidence of divine inspiration. Wikipedia has a list of many
prophesies which have come true.
The story of God's plan to restore his relationship with us can be summarised in eight
famous Bible verses below.
- In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.
- All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.
- God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
- Jesus said, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me."
- If you declare with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord," and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.
- For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God.
- But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.
- Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.
The truth in these verses is simple, yet to embrace it means letting go of all our personal hopes and
dreams and embracing God's greater purpose for our lives instead,
a purpose far above anything we could dream or imagine.
This is the most important decision you will ever make, because it affects not just the rest of
your life here on earth, but what comes after as well. Don't put it off until too late. If you
died tonight make the decision to spend eternity with your loving Father in Heaven.
If you're wondering what to do next as a new Christian, check out these helpful suggestions from Mary Fairchild on About.com: