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Job 16 :: English Standard Version (ESV)

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Job Replies: Miserable Comforters Are You

Unchecked Copy BoxJob 16:1 - Then Job answered and said:
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 16:2 - “I have heard many such things;
miserable comforters are you all.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 16:3 - Shall windy words have an end?
Or what provokes you that you answer?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 16:4 - I also could speak as you do,
if you were in my place;
I could join words together against you
and shake my head at you.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 16:5 - I could strengthen you with my mouth,
and the solace of my lips would assuage your pain.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 16:6 - “If I speak, my pain is not assuaged,
and if I forbear, how much of it leaves me?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 16:7 - Surely now God has worn me out;
he has[fn] made desolate all my company.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 16:8 - And he has shriveled me up,
which is a witness against me,
and my leanness has risen up against me;
it testifies to my face.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 16:9 - He has torn me in his wrath and hated me;
he has gnashed his teeth at me;
my adversary sharpens his eyes against me.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 16:10 - Men have gaped at me with their mouth;
they have struck me insolently on the cheek;
they mass themselves together against me.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 16:11 - God gives me up to the ungodly
and casts me into the hands of the wicked.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 16:12 - I 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 target;
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 16:13 - his archers surround me.
He slashes open my kidneys and does not spare;
he pours out my gall on the ground.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 16:14 - He breaks me with breach upon breach;
he runs upon me like a warrior.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 16:15 - I have sewed sackcloth upon my skin
and have laid my strength in the dust.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 16:16 - My face is red with weeping,
and on my eyelids is deep darkness,
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 16:17 - although there is no violence in my hands,
and my prayer is pure.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 16:18 - “O earth, cover not my blood,
and let my cry find no resting place.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 16:19 - Even now, behold, my witness is in heaven,
and he who testifies for me is on high.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 16:20 - My friends scorn me;
my eye pours out tears to God,
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 16:21 - that he would argue the case of a man with God,
as[fn] a son of man does with his neighbor.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 16:22 - For when a few years have come
I shall go the way from which I shall not return.
ESV Footnotes
Hebrew you have; also verse 8
Hebrew and

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