Job 16
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Troublesome Comforters

1Then Job answered and said,

2“I have heard many such things;

[†]Troublesome comforters are you all.

3Is there no end to windy words?

Or what pains you that you answer?

4I too could speak like you,

If your soul was in the place of my soul.

I could compose words against you

And shake my head at you.

5I could encourage you with my mouth,

And the solace of my lips could lessen your pain.

6“If I speak, my pain is not lessened,

And if I cease, what will go forth from me?

7But now He has exhausted me;

You have made desolate all my company.

8You have shriveled me up,

It has become a witness;

And my leanness rises up against me,

It answers to my face.

9His anger has torn me and [†]hunted me down;

He has gnashed at me with His teeth;

My adversary sharpens his eyes to look at me.

10They have opened their mouth wide at me;

They have struck me on the cheek in reproach;

They have massed themselves against me.

11God hands me over to ruffians

And tosses me into the hands of the wicked.

12I was at ease, but He shattered me,

And He has grasped me by the neck and shaken me to pieces;

He has also set me up as His target.

13His arrows surround me.

Without mercy He splits my kidneys open;

He pours out my gall on the ground.

14He breaks through me with breach after breach;

He runs at me like a warrior.

15I have sewed sackcloth over my skin

And thrust my horn in the dust.

16My face is flushed from weeping,

And the shadow of death is on my eyelids,

17Why?—because there is no violence in my hands,

And my prayer is pure.

18“O earth, do not cover my blood,

And let there be no resting place for my cry.

19Even now, behold, my witness is in heaven,

And my [†]advocate is on high.

20My friends are my scoffers;

My eye [†]weeps to God.

21O that a man might argue with God

As a man with his neighbor!

22For when a few years are past,

I shall go the way of no return.

2 Lit Comforters of trouble
9 Lit borne a grudge against me
19 Or witness
20 Or drips

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