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Job 16 :: New International Version (NIV)

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Unchecked Copy BoxJob 16:1 - Then Job replied:
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 16:2 - “I have heard many things like these; you are miserable comforters, all of you!
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 16:3 - Will your long-winded speeches never end? What ails you that you keep on arguing?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 16:4 - I also could speak like you, if you were in my place; I could make fine speeches against you and shake my head at you.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 16:5 - But my mouth would encourage you; comfort from my lips would bring you relief.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 16:6 - “Yet if I speak, my pain is not relieved; and if I refrain, it does not go away.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 16:7 - Surely, God, you have worn me out; you have devastated my entire household.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 16:8 - You have shriveled me up—and it has become a witness; my gauntness rises up and testifies against me.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 16:9 - God assails me and tears me in his anger and gnashes his teeth at me; my opponent fastens on me his piercing eyes.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 16:10 - People open their mouths to jeer at me; they strike my cheek in scorn and unite together against me.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 16:11 - God has turned me over to the ungodly and thrown me into the clutches of the wicked.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 16:12 - All was well with me, but he shattered me; he seized me by the neck and crushed me. He has made me his target;
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 16:13 - his archers surround me. Without pity, he pierces my kidneys and spills my gall on the ground.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 16:14 - Again and again he bursts upon me; he rushes at me like a warrior.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 16:15 - “I have sewed sackcloth over my skin and buried my brow in the dust.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 16:16 - My face is red with weeping, dark shadows ring my eyes;
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 16:17 - yet my hands have been free of violence and my prayer is pure.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 16:18 - “Earth, do not cover my blood; may my cry never be laid to rest!
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 16:19 - Even now my witness is in heaven; my advocate is on high.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 16:20 - My intercessor is my friend[fn] as my eyes pour out tears to God;
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 16:21 - on behalf of a man he pleads with God as one pleads for a friend.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 16:22 - “Only a few years will pass before I take the path of no return.
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Or My friends treat me with scorn

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