Job's Reply to Eliphaz

1 Then Job answered:

References for Job 16:1

      2 I have heard many things like these. You are all miserable comforters.a

      References for Job 16:2

        • a 16:2 - Jb 6:25-27; 13:4; Ps 69:20
          3 Is there [no] end to your emptyb words? What provokes you that you continue testifying?

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            • b 16:3 - Lit windy; Jb 15:2
              4 If you were in my place I could also talk like you. I could string words together against you and shake my head at you, [but I wouldn't].
              5 I would encourage you with my mouth, and the consolation from my lips would bring relief.c

              References for Job 16:5

                • c 16:5 - Jb 4:4; Dt 3:28; Isa 35:3
                  6 Even if I speak, my suffering is not relieved, and if I hold back, what have I lost?
                  7 Surely He has now exhausted me. You have devastated my entire family.
                  8 You have shriveled me upd-it has become a witness; My frailty rises up against me and testifies to my face.

                  References for Job 16:8

                    • d 16:8 - Or have seized me; Hb obscure
                      9 His anger tears [at me], and He harasses me. He gnashes His teeth at me. My enemy pierces me with His eyes.
                      10 They open their mouths against me and strike my cheeks with contempt;e they join themselves together against me.

                      References for Job 16:10

                        • e 16:10 - Ps 22:13; Isa 50:6; 53:3-4,7
                          11 God hands me over to unjust men;fg He throws me into the hands of the wicked.

                          References for Job 16:11

                            • f 16:11 - LXX, Vg; MT reads to a boy
                            • g 16:11 - Jb 19:18; 21:11
                              12 I was at ease, but He shattered me; He seized [me] by the scruff of the neck and smashed me to pieces. He set me up as His target;h

                              References for Job 16:12

                                • h 16:12 - Jb 6:4; Lm 3:12
                                  13 His archersi surround me. He pierces my kidneys without mercy and pours my bile on the ground.

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                                      14 He breaks through my defenses again and again;j He charges at me like a warrior.k

                                      References for Job 16:14

                                        • j 16:14 - Lit through me, breach on breach
                                        • k 16:14 - Jb 15:26; Jl 2:7
                                          15 I have sewn sackcloth over my skin; I have buried my strengthl in the dust.m

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                                              16 My face has grown red with weeping, and the shadow of death covers my eyes,n

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                                                • n 16:16 - Jb 16:20; Ps 6:7-8; Jr 9:18
                                                  17 although my hands are free from violence and my prayer is pure.o

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                                                      18 Earth, do not cover my blood; may my cry for help find no resting place.p

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                                                        • p 16:18 - Jb 19:23-24; Gn 4:10; Isa 26:21
                                                          19 Even now my witness is in heaven, and my advocate is in the heights!q

                                                          References for Job 16:19

                                                            • q 16:19 - Jb 22:12; 1 Jn 2:1; Rv 1:5
                                                              20 My friends scoff at me as I weep before God.
                                                              21 I wish that someone might arbitrate between a man and God just as a man [pleads] for his friend.r

                                                              References for Job 16:21

                                                                • r 16:21 - Jb 9:33; 13:3,15
                                                                  22 For [only] a few years will pass before I go the way of no return.