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Job 16 :: Legacy Standard Bible (LSB)

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Troublesome Comforters

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Then Job answered and said,

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“I have heard many such things;

[fn]Troublesome comforters are you all.

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“Is there no end to windy words?

Or what pains you that you answer?

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“I 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.

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“I could encourage you with my mouth,

And the solace of my lips could lessen your pain.

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“If I speak, my pain is not lessened,

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

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“But now He has exhausted me;

You have made desolate all my company.

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“You have shriveled me up,

It has become a witness;

And my leanness rises up against me,

It answers to my face.

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“His anger has torn me and [fn]hunted me down;

He has gnashed at me with His teeth;

My adversary sharpens his eyes to look at me.

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“They have opened their mouth wide at me;

They have struck me on the cheek in reproach;

They have massed themselves against me.

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“God hands me over to ruffians

And tosses me into the hands of the wicked.

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“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.

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“His arrows surround me.

Without mercy He splits my kidneys open;

He pours out my gall on the ground.

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“He breaks through me with breach after breach;

He runs at me like a warrior.

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“I have sewed sackcloth over my skin

And thrust my horn in the dust.

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“My face is flushed from weeping,

And the shadow of death is on my eyelids,

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

And my prayer is pure.

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“O earth, do not cover my blood,

And let there be no resting place for my cry.

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

And my [fn]advocate is on high.

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“My friends are my scoffers;

My eye [fn]weeps to God.

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“O that a man might argue with God

As a man with his neighbor!

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“For when a few years are past,

I shall go the way of no return.

LSB Footnotes
Lit Comforters of trouble
Lit borne a grudge against me
Or witness
Or drips

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