||English: New American Standard Bible
Job 16 [Commentary] |
||Then Job answered,
||"I have heard many such things;
Sorry comforters are you all.
||"Is there no limit to windy words?
Or what plagues you that you answer?
||"I too could speak like you,
If I were in your place.
I could compose words against you
And shake my head at you.
||"I could strengthen you with my mouth,
And the solace of my lips could lessen your pain.
||"If I speak, my pain is not lessened,
And if I hold back, what has left me?
||"But now He has exhausted me;
You have laid waste all my company.
||"You have shriveled me up,
It has become a witness;
And my leanness rises up against me,
It testifies to my face.
||"His anger has torn me and hunted me down,
He has gnashed at me with His teeth;
My adversary glares at me.
||"They have gaped at me with their mouth,
They have slapped me on the cheek with contempt;
They have massed themselves against me.
||"God hands me over to ruffians
And tosses me into the hands of the wicked.
||"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.
||"His arrows surround me.
Without mercy He splits my kidneys open;
He pours out my gall on the ground.
||"He breaks through me with breach after breach;
He runs at me like a warrior.
||"I have sewed sackcloth over my skin
And thrust my horn in the dust.
||"My face is flushed from weeping,
And deep darkness is on my eyelids,
||Although there is no violence in my hands,
And my prayer is pure.
||"O earth, do not cover my blood,
And let there be no resting place for my cry.
||"Even now, behold, my witness is in heaven,
And my advocate is on high.
||"My friends are my scoffers;
My eye weeps to God.
||"O that a man might plead with God
As a man with his neighbor!
||"For when a few years are past,
I shall go the way of no return.
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