Job 16
New American Standard Bible 1995New International Version
1Then Job answered,1Then Job replied:
2"I have heard many such things; Sorry comforters are you all.2"I have heard many things like these; you are miserable comforters, all of you!
3"Is there no limit to windy words? Or what plagues you that you answer?3Will your long-winded speeches never end? What ails you that you keep on arguing?
4"I too could speak like you, If I were in your place. I could compose words against you And shake my head at you.4I also could speak like you, if you were in my place; I could make fine speeches against you and shake my head at you.
5"I could strengthen you with my mouth, And the solace of my lips could lessen your pain.5But my mouth would encourage you; comfort from my lips would bring you relief.
6"If I speak, my pain is not lessened, And if I hold back, what has left me?6"Yet if I speak, my pain is not relieved; and if I refrain, it does not go away.
7"But now He has exhausted me; You have laid waste all my company.7Surely, God, you have worn me out; you have devastated my entire household.
8"You have shriveled me up, It has become a witness; And my leanness rises up against me, It testifies to my face.8You have shriveled me up--and it has become a witness; my gauntness rises up and testifies against me.
9"His anger has torn me and hunted me down, He has gnashed at me with His teeth; My adversary glares at me.9God assails me and tears me in his anger and gnashes his teeth at me; my opponent fastens on me his piercing eyes.
10"They have gaped at me with their mouth, They have slapped me on the cheek with contempt; They have massed themselves against me.10People open their mouths to jeer at me; they strike my cheek in scorn and unite together against me.
11"God hands me over to ruffians And tosses me into the hands of the wicked.11God has turned me over to the ungodly and thrown me into the clutches of the wicked.
12"I 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.12All was well with me, but he shattered me; he seized me by the neck and crushed me. He has made me his target;
13"His arrows surround me. Without mercy He splits my kidneys open; He pours out my gall on the ground.13his archers surround me. Without pity, he pierces my kidneys and spills my gall on the ground.
14"He breaks through me with breach after breach; He runs at me like a warrior.14Again and again he bursts upon me; he rushes at me like a warrior.
15"I have sewed sackcloth over my skin And thrust my horn in the dust.15"I have sewed sackcloth over my skin and buried my brow in the dust.
16"My face is flushed from weeping, And deep darkness is on my eyelids,16My face is red with weeping, dark shadows ring my eyes;
17Although there is no violence in my hands, And my prayer is pure.17yet my hands have been free of violence and my prayer is pure.
18"O earth, do not cover my blood, And let there be no resting place for my cry.18"Earth, do not cover my blood; may my cry never be laid to rest!
19"Even now, behold, my witness is in heaven, And my advocate is on high.19Even now my witness is in heaven; my advocate is on high.
20"My friends are my scoffers; My eye weeps to God.20My intercessor is my friend as my eyes pour out tears to God;
21"O that a man might plead with God As a man with his neighbor!21on behalf of a man he pleads with God as one pleads for a friend.
22"For when a few years are past, I shall go the way of no return.22"Only a few years will pass before I take the path of no return.
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