Job 16 (The Darby Translation)

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1 And Job answered and said, 2 I have heard many such things: grievous comforters are ye all. 3 Shall words of wind have an end? or what provoketh thee that thou answerest? 4 I also could speak as ye: if your soul were in my soul's stead, I could join together words against you, and shake my head at you; 5 [But] I would encourage you with my mouth, and the solace a of my lips should assuage [your pain]. 6 If I speak, my pain is not assuaged; and if I forbear, what am I eased? 7 But now he hath made me weary; ... thou hast made desolate all my family; b 8 Thou hast shrivelled me up! it is become a witness; and my leanness riseth up against me, it beareth witness to my face. 9 His anger teareth and pursueth me; he gnasheth with his teeth against me; [as] mine adversary he sharpeneth his eyes at me. 10 They gape upon me with their mouth; they smite my cheeks reproachfully; they range themselves together against me. 11 God hath delivered me over to the iniquitous man, and hurled me into the hands of the wicked. 12 I was at rest, but he hath shattered me; he hath taken me by the neck and shaken me to pieces, and set me up for his mark. 13 His arrows c encompass me round about, he cleaveth my reins asunder and doth not spare; he poureth out my gall upon the ground. 14 He breaketh me with breach upon breach; he runneth upon me like a mighty man. d 15 I have sewed sackcloth upon my skin, and rolled e my horn in the dust. 16 My face is red with weeping, and on my eyelids is the shadow of death; 17 Although there is no violence in my hands, and my prayer is pure. 18 O earth, cover not my blood, and let there be no place for my cry! 19 Even now, behold, my Witness is in the heavens, and he f that voucheth for me is in the heights. 20 My friends are my mockers; mine eye poureth out tears unto God. 21 Oh that there were arbitration g for a man with God, as a son of man for his friend! 22 For years [few] in number shall pass, -- and I shall go the way [whence] I shall not return.
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