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Exodus 5:22-23

And Moses returned to Yahweh and said, "Lord, why have you brought trouble to this people? Why ever did you send me? And from the time I came to Pharaoh to speak in your name, he has brought trouble to this people, and you have certainly not delivered your people."

Genesis 15:2-3

Then Abram said, "O Yahweh, my Lord, what will you give me? {I continue to be} childless, and {my heir} is Eliezer of Damascus." And Abram said, "Look, you have not given me a descendant, and here, {a member of my household} [is] {my heir}."

Joshua 7:7-9

And Joshua said, "Ah, my Lord! Why did you bring this people across the Jordan to give us into the hand of the Amorites to destroy us? If only we had been content and stayed beyond the Jordan. Please, my Lord! What can I say after {Israel has fled from its enemies}? The Canaanites and all the inhabitants of the land will hear [of this], and they will surround us and cut off our name from the land. What will you do, for your great name?"

Numbers 11:11-15

And Moses said to Yahweh, "Why have you brought trouble to your servant? Why have I not found favor in your eyes, that the burdens of all these people have been placed on me? Did I conceive all these people? If I have fathered them, that you could say to me, 'Carry them in your lap, just as a foster-father carries the suckling on the land that you swore an oath to their ancestors?' From where do I have meat to give all these people? They weep before me, saying, 'Give us meat and let us eat!'read more.
I am not able to carry all these people along alone; they are too heavy for me. If this is how you [are] going to treat me, please kill me immediately if I find favor in your eyes, and do not let me see my misery."

1 Kings 19:4

Then he went into the wilderness one day's journey, and he went and sat under a certain broom tree. Then {he asked Yahweh that he might die}, and he said, "It is enough now, Yahweh; take my life, for I am no better than my ancestors."

Jeremiah 15:15-18

You who know, Yahweh, remember me, and attend to me, and take revenge for me against my persecutors {in your forbearance}. You must take me away. Know [that] I [am] carrying disgrace because of you. Your words were found and I ate them, and your words became to me as jubilation, even as the joy of my heart, for your name is called on me, Yahweh God of hosts. I sat not in the assembly of jokers, [nor did] I exult. Because of the {presence} of your hand I sat alone, for you filled me [with] more.
Why is my pain endless, and my wound incurable? It refuses to become healed. Truly you are to me like a deceitful [brook], waters [that] are not trustworthy.

Jeremiah 20:7-9

You have persuaded me, Yahweh, and I was persuaded. You have overpowered me, and you have prevailed. I have become a laughingstock all day [long]. {Everyone} [is] mocking me. For {as often as} I speak, I must cry out violence and destruction. I must shout, for the word of Yahweh has become for me a disgrace and derision all day [long]. But [if] I say, "I will not mention him and I will no longer speak in his name," then it becomes in my heart like a fire burning, locked up in my bones, and I struggle to contain [it], and I am not able.

Jonah 4:1-3

And this {was greatly displeasing} to Jonah, and {he became furious}. And he prayed to Yahweh and said, "O Yahweh, [was] this not {what I said} while I was in my homeland? Therefore {I originally fled} to Tarshish, because I knew that you [are] a gracious and compassionate God, slow to anger {and having great steadfast love}, and one who relents concerning calamity. And so then, Yahweh, please take my life from me, because [for] me death [is] better than life!"

Mark 15:34

And at the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, "Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?" (which is translated, "My God, my God, {why} have you forsaken me?")

Job 10:2-22

I will say to God, 'You should not condemn me; let me know why you contend [against] me. Is it good for you that you oppress, that you despise the labor of your hands, and you smile over the schemes of [the] wicked? {Do you have eyes of flesh}? Or {do you see as human beings see}?read more.
[Are] your days as the days of human beings, or your years as the days of man, that you seek out my iniquity, and you search for my sin because of your knowledge that I am not guilty, and there is no escaping from your hand? Your hands fashioned me and made me {altogether}, then you destroyed me. Please remember that you made me like clay, but you turn me into dust [again]? Did you not pour me out like milk and {curdle me} like cheese? You clothed me [with] skin and flesh, and you knit me together with bones and sinews. You have granted me life and loyal love, and your care has preserved my spirit. " 'Yet you hid these [things] in your heart; I know that this {was your purpose}. If I had sinned, then you would be watching me, and you would not acquit me of my guilt. If I am guilty, woe to me! But if I am righteous, I dare not lift my head; [I am] filled [with] shame, and [just] look [at] my misery! And [if my head] grows bold, you would hunt me as the lion in its prime; {and you repeat your exploits against me}. You renew your witnesses against me, and you increase your vexation against me; {relief forces} [are] against me. So why did you bring me forth from the womb? I should have passed away, {and no eye should have seen me}. I should have been as though I had not been; I should have been brought from [the] womb to the grave. [Are] not my days few? Let him leave [me] alone; let him turn from me, and let me rejoice a little. Before I go--and I will not return-- to [the] land of darkness and deep shadow, to [the] land of darkness, like [the] darkness of a deep shadow and {chaos}, so that it shines forth like darkness.'"

Job 13:20-27

"Only you must not do [these] two [things] to me; then I will not hide from your face: withdraw your hand from me, and let not your dread terrify me. Then call, and I myself will answer; or let me speak, then reply to more.
"{How many} [are] my iniquities and sins? Make known to me my transgression and my sin. Why do you hide your face and count me as your enemy? Will you terrify a blown leaf? And will you pursue dry stubble? "Indeed, you write bitter things against me, and you make me reap the iniquities of my childhood. And you put my feet in the block, and you watch all my paths; you carve [a mark] on the soles of my feet.

Job 14:1-22

"A human being born of a woman [is] short of days and full of troubles. Like a flower he comes up, and he withers away; and he flees like a shadow, but he does not last. Even on such a one you fix your eyes, and you bring me into judgment with more.
"Who can bring a clean [thing] from an unclean [thing]? No one! If his days [are] determined, the number of his months [is] with you; you have appointed his boundaries, and he cannot cross [them]. Look away from him, and let him desist until he enjoys his days like a laborer. "Indeed, there is hope for a tree: if it is cut down, then it will sprout again, and its new shoots will not cease; though its root grows old in the earth, and its stump dies in the dust, at the scent of water it will bud, and it will put forth branches like a young plant. "But a man dies, and he dwindles away; thus a human being passes away, and where is he? [As] water disappears from a lake, and a river withers away and dries up, {so} a man lies down, and he does not arise. {Until the heavens are no more}, they will not awaken, and they will not be roused out of their sleep. "{O that} you would conceal me in Sheol, [that] you would hide me {until your wrath is past}, [that] you would appoint a set time for me and remember me. If a man dies, will he live [again]? All the days of my compulsory service I will wait, until the coming of my relief. You would call, and I myself would answer you; you would long for the work of your hand. For then you would count my steps, [but] you would not keep watch over my sin. My transgression would be sealed in a bag, and you would cover over my guilt. "But a mountain falls; it crumbles away, and a rock moves away from its place. Water wears away stones; its torrents wash away [the] soil of [the] earth; so you destroy the hope of human beings. You overpower him forever, and he passes away; [you] change {his countenance}, {then} you send him away. His children may [come to] honor, but he does not know [it]; or they may become lowly, but he does not realize it. He feels only the pain of his own body, and his inner self mourns for him."

Psalm 13:1-2

How long, O Yahweh? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me? How long must I take counsel in my soul, [and] sorrow in my heart [all the] day? How long will my enemy be exalted over me?

Psalm 42:9-10

I say to God, my rock, "Why have you forgotten me? Why must I walk about mourning because of [the] oppression of [the] enemy?" [As] with a shattering in my bones my oppressors taunt me, while they say to me {all day}, "Where [is] your God?"

Psalm 44:22-26

Rather, on account of you we are killed {all day long}; we are accounted as sheep for slaughter. Wake up! Why do you sleep, O Lord? Awake! Do not reject forever. Why do you hide your face? [Have] you forgotten our misery and our oppression?read more.
For our soul is bowed down to the dust. Our {body} clings to the ground. Rise up! [Be a] help for us, and redeem us for the sake of your loyal love.

Psalm 77:7-9

Will the Lord reject [us] forever, and will he never be pleased [with us] again? Has his loyal love ceased forever? Is [his] promise ended throughout generations? Has God forgotten to have compassion? Or has he closed off his mercies in anger? Selah

Psalm 80:4-6

O Yahweh God [of] hosts, {how long will you be angry} against the prayer of your people? You have fed them [the] bread of tears; you have given them tears to drink in full measure. You have made us [an object of] strife to our neighbors, and our enemies mock among themselves.

Psalm 88:6-9

You have set me in [the] pit below, in dark places, in [the] depths. Your wrath presses upon me, and you afflict [me with] all your waves. Selah You have removed my acquaintances far from me. You have made me detestable to them. [I am] confined and cannot go more.
My eye languishes from misery. I call on you, O Yahweh, every day; I spread out my hands to you.

Habakkuk 1:2-3

O Yahweh, how long shall I cry for help and you will not listen? [How long] will I cry out to you, "Violence!" and you will not save? Why do you cause me to see evil [while] you look at trouble? Destruction and violence happen before me; contention and strife arise.

Genesis 15:2-5

Then Abram said, "O Yahweh, my Lord, what will you give me? {I continue to be} childless, and {my heir} is Eliezer of Damascus." And Abram said, "Look, you have not given me a descendant, and here, {a member of my household} [is] {my heir}." And behold, the word of Yahweh [came] to him saying, "This [person] will not {be your heir}, but {your own son will be your heir}."read more.
And he brought him outside and said, "Look toward the heavens and count the stars if you are able to count them." And he said to him, "So shall your offspring be."

Exodus 6:1-8

And Yahweh said to Moses, "Now you will see what I will do to Pharaoh, because with a strong hand he will release them, and with a strong hand he will drive them out from his land." And God spoke to Moses, and he said to him, "I [am] Yahweh. And I appeared to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob as God Shaddai, but by my name Yahweh I was not known to more.
And I not only established my covenant with them to give to them the land of Canaan, the land of their sojournings, in which they dwelt as aliens, but also I myself heard the groaning of the {Israelites}, whom [the] Egyptians [are] making to work, and I remembered my covenant. Therefore say to the {Israelites}, 'I [am] Yahweh, and I will bring you out from under the {forced labor} of Egypt, and I will deliver you from their slavery, and I will redeem you with an outstretched arm and with great punishments. And I will take you {as my people}, and I will be {your God}, and you will know that I [am] Yahweh your God, who brought you out from under the {forced labor} of Egypt. And I will bring you to the land {that I swore} to give to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, and I will give it to you [as] a possession. I [am] Yahweh."

1 Kings 19:1-8

Then Ahab told Jezebel all that Elijah had done and how he had killed all the prophets with the sword. Then Jezebel sent a messenger to Elijah, saying, "Thus may the gods do [to me], and may they add [to it], surely at this time tomorrow I will make your life as the life of one of them!" Then he became afraid, got up, and {fled for his life}. He came [to] Beersheba which belongs to Judah, and he left his servant more.
Then he went into the wilderness one day's journey, and he went and sat under a certain broom tree. Then {he asked Yahweh that he might die}, and he said, "It is enough now, Yahweh; take my life, for I am no better than my ancestors." He lay down and fell asleep under a certain broom tree, and suddenly this angel [was] touching him and said to him, "Get up, eat!" He looked, and behold, a bread cake on hot coals [was] near his head and a jar of water, so he ate and drank. Then he did it again and lay down. The angel of Yahweh appeared a second [time] and touched him and said, "Get up, eat, for the journey is greater than you." So he got up, ate, drank, and went in the strength of that food forty days and forty nights up to Horeb, the mountain of God.

Job 40:1-9

Then Yahweh answered Job and said, "Shall a faultfinder contend with Shaddai? Anyone who argues with God must answer it." So Job answered Yahweh and said,read more.
"Look, I am insignificant. What shall I answer you? I lay my hand on my mouth. Once I have spoken, and I will not answer; even twice, but I will not proceed." Then Yahweh answered Job from the storm, and he said, "{Prepare yourself for a difficult task like a man}, and I will question you, and you shall declare to me. "Indeed, would you annul my justice? Would you condemn me, so that you might be righteous? Or do you have an arm like God, and can you thunder with a voice like his?

Jeremiah 15:19-21

Therefore thus says Yahweh, "If you turn back, then I will take you back. You will stand {before me}. And if you utter [what is] precious and not [what is] worthless, you will be as my mouth. They will turn back to you, and you will not turn back to them. And I will make you to this people a wall of fortified bronze, and they will fight against you, but they will not prevail over you, for I [am] with you, to save you, and to deliver you," {declares} Yahweh. "And I will deliver you from the hand of the wicked, and I will redeem you from [the] hand of [the] tyrant."

Habakkuk 1:5-11

"Look among the nations and see; be astonished and astounded. For a work [is about to] be done in your days that you will not believe if it is told. For look! I am raising up the Chaldeans, the bitter and impetuous nation, the one who walks through the spacious places of earth to take possession of dwellings not belonging to it. They [are] dreadful and awesome; their justice and their dignity proceed from more.
Their horses [are] more swift than leopards; they are more menacing than wolves [at] dusk. Their horsemen gallop; their horsemen come from afar; they fly like an eagle [that is] swift to devour. All of them come for violence, their faces pressing forward. They gather captives like the sand. And they themselves scoff at kings and rulers [are] a joke to them. They laugh at every fortification, and they heap up earth and take it. Then they sweep [like the] wind and pass on; they become guilty, whose might [is] their god!"

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