“Why then did you bring me out from the womb? I should have died 1 and no eye would have seen me!
If you yourselves have all seen this, Why in the world 1 do you continue this meaningless talk? 2
But why should you be captivated, 1 my son, by an adulteress, and embrace the bosom of a different woman? 2
Then the Lord said to Cain, “Why are you angry, and why is your expression downcast?
“Look,” said Esau, “I’m about to die! What use is the birthright to me?” 1
Why 1 have you brought up the Lord’s community into this wilderness? So that 2 we and our cattle should die here?
Why haven’t you obeyed 1 the Lord? Instead you have greedily rushed upon the plunder! You have done what is wrong in the Lord’s estimation.” 2
Samuel said, “Why are you asking me, now that the Lord has turned away from you and has become your enemy?
You are my brothers – my very own flesh and blood! 1 Why should you delay any further in bringing the king back?’
Finally her husband Elkanah said to her, “Hannah, why do you weep and not eat? Why are you so sad? 1 Am I not better to you than ten 2 sons?”
In the morning Jacob discovered it was Leah! 1 So Jacob 2 said to Laban, “What in the world have you done to me! 3 Didn’t I work for you in exchange for Rachel? Why have you tricked 4 me?”
Why has the Lord brought us into this land only to be killed by the sword, that our wives and our children should become plunder? Wouldn’t it be better for us to return to Egypt?”
Why 1 have you brought us up from Egypt only to bring us to 2 this dreadful place? It is no place for grain, or figs, or vines, or pomegranates; nor is there any water to drink!”
Why do you frustrate the intent 1 of the Israelites to cross over into the land which the Lord has given them?
Why harden your hearts like the Egyptians and Pharaoh did? 1 When God 2 treated them harshly, didn’t the Egyptians send the Israelites on their way? 3
The woman said, “Why have you devised something like this against God’s people? When the king speaks in this fashion, he makes himself guilty, for the king has not brought back the one he has banished.
I will cross the Jordan with the king and go a short distance. 1 Why should the king reward me in this way?
You thoroughly defeated Edom 1 and it has gone to your head! 2 Gloat over your success, 3 but stay in your palace. Why bring calamity on yourself? Why bring down yourself and Judah along with you?” 4
So I thought to myself, “The fate of the fool will happen even to me! 1 Then what did I gain by becoming so excessively 2 wise?” 3 So I lamented to myself, 4 “The benefits of wisdom 5 are ultimately 6 meaningless!”
Throw away all your sins you have committed and fashion yourselves a new heart and a new spirit! 1 Why should you die, O house of Israel?