dialogue between Job and his friends, lament also plays a vital part. For example, Job complains,
Therefore I will not restrain my mouth; I will speak in the anguish of my spirit, I will complain in the bitterness of my soul. Am I the sea, or a sea monster, that thou settest a guard over me? When I say, "My bed will comfort me, my couch will ease my complaint," then thou dost scare me with dreams, and terrify me with visions, so that I would choose strangling and death rather than my bones. I loathe my life; I would not live for ever. Let me alone, for my days are a breath. What is man, that thou dost make so much of him, and that thou dost set thy mind upon him, dost visit him every morning and test him every moment? How long wilt thou not look away from me, nor let me alone till I swallow my spittle? If I sin, what do I do to thee, thou watcher of men? Why hest thou made me thy mark? Why have I become a burden to thee? Why dost thou not pardon my transgression and take away my iniquity? For now I shall lie in the, earth; thou wilt seek me, but I shall no be. Job 7:11-2184
Within the context of these laments are to be found Job's accusations against God. In the one cited above, God is accused of treating Job like a sea monster (v. 12), of terrifying him (v. 14), testing him (v. 18), and of making
84 See the lament elements in 6:4-20; 7:1-10; 9:17-31; 10:1-22; 13:20-28; 14:1-22; 16:6-22; 17:1-16; 19:7-20; 21:7-21; 23:1-17; 24:1-17, 21-25. Cf. Westermann, pp. 31- 66; Murphy, Wisdom Literature, pp. 25-36.