Job 16

Job Replies: Miserable Comforters Are You

1Then Job answered and said:

2 “I have heard amany such things;
bmiserable comforters are you all.
3Shall cwindy words have an end?
Or what provokes you that you answer?
4I also could speak as you do,
if you were in my place;
I could join words together against you
and dshake my head at you.
5I could strengthen you with my mouth,
and the solace of my lips would assuage your pain.
6 “If I speak, my pain is not assuaged,
and if I forbear, how much of it leaves me?
7Surely now God has worn me out;
ehe has
Hebrew you have; also verse 8
made desolate all my company.
8And he has shriveled me up,
which is ga witness against me,
and my hleanness has risen up against me;
it testifies to my face.
9He has itorn me in his wrath jand hated me;
he has kgnashed his teeth at me;
my adversary sharpens his eyes against me.
10Men have lgaped at me with their mouth;
they have mstruck me insolently on the cheek;
they nmass themselves together against me.
11God gives me up to the ungodly
and casts me into the hands of the wicked.
12I was at ease, and he broke me apart;
he seized me by the neck and dashed me to pieces;
he set me up as his otarget;
13his parchers surround me.
He slashes open my kidneys qand does not spare;
he rpours out my gall on the ground.
14He breaks me with sbreach upon breach;
he truns upon me like a warrior.
15I have sewed usackcloth upon my skin
and have laid vmy strength win the dust.
16My face is red with weeping,
and on my eyelids is xdeep darkness,
17although there is no yviolence in my hands,
and my prayer is pure.
18 “O earth, zcover not my blood,
and let my aacry find no resting place.
19Even now, behold, my abwitness is in heaven,
and he who testifies for me is acon high.
20My friends adscorn me;
my eye pours out tears to God,
21that he would aeargue the case of a man with God,
Hebrew and
a son of man does with his neighbor.
22For when a few years have come
I shall go the way agfrom which I shall not return.
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