Job, taking liberty of complaint, expostulateth with God about his afflictions.
Job 10:1 Yt anoieth my soule of my lijf; Y schal lete my speche ayens me, Y schal speke in the bitternesse of my soule. Job 10:2 Y schal seie to God, Nyle thou condempne me; schewe thou to me, whi thou demest me so. Job 10:3 Whether it semeth good to thee, if thou falsli chalengist and oppressist me, the werk of thin hondis; and if thou helpist the counsel of wickid men? Job 10:4 Whethir fleischli iyen ben to thee, ethir, as a man seeth, also thou schalt se? Job 10:5 Whether thi daies ben as the daies of man, and thi yeeris ben as mannus tymes; Job 10:6 that thou enquere my wickidnesse, and enserche my synne? Job 10:7 And wite, that Y haue do no wickid thing; sithen no man is, that may delyuere fro thin hond? Job 10:8 Thin hondis han maad me, and han formed me al in cumpas; and thou castist me doun so sodeynli. Job 10:9 Y preye, haue thou mynde, that thou madist me as cley, and schalt brynge me ayen in to dust. Job 10:10 Whether thou hast not mylkid me as mylk, and hast cruddid me togidere as cheese? Job 10:11 Thou clothidist me with skyn and fleisch; thou hast ioyned me togidere with boonys and senewis. Job 10:12 Thou hast youe lijf and mercy to me, and thi visiting hath kept my spirit. Job 10:13 Thouy thou helist these thingis in thin herte, netheles Y woot, that thou hast mynde of alle thingis. Job 10:14 If Y dide synne, and thou sparidist me at an our; whi suffrist thou not me to be cleene of my wickidnesse? Job 10:15 And if Y was wickid, wo is to me; and if Y was iust, Y fillid with turment and wretchidnesse schal not reise the heed. Job 10:16 And if Y reise the heed for pride, thou schalt take me as a lionesse; and thou turnest ayen, and turmentist me wondirli. Job 10:17 Thou gaderist in store thi witnessis ayens me, and thou multipliest thin yre, that is, veniaunce, ayens me; and peynes holden knyythod in me.
He complaineth of life, and craveth a little ease before death.
Job 10:18 Whi hast thou led me out of the wombe? And Y wolde, that Y were wastid, lest an iye schulde se me. Job 10:19 That Y hadde be, as if Y were not, and were translatid, ethir borun ouer, fro the wombe to the sepulcre. Job 10:20 Whether the fewnesse of my daies schal not be endid in schort? Therfor suffre thou me, that Y biweile a litil my sorewe, Job 10:21 bifor that Y go, and turne not ayen, to the derk lond, and hilid with the derknesse of deth, to the lond of wrecchidnesse and of derknessis; Job 10:22 where is schadewe of deeth, and noon ordre, but euerlastynge hidousnesse dwellith.