Job 16 ESV

Job Replies: Miserable Comforters Are You

1 Then Job answered and said:

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      2 "I have heard 1many such things; 2miserable comforters are you all.

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      3 Shall 3windy words have an end? Or what provokes you that you answer?

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      4 I also could speak as you do, if you were in my place; I could join words together against you and 4shake my head at you.
      5 I could strengthen you with my mouth, and the solace of my lips would assuage your pain.
      6 "If I speak, my pain is not assuaged, and if I forbear, how much of it leaves me?
      7 Surely now God has worn me out; 5he hasa made desolate all my company.

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        • … 16:7 - Hebrew you have; also verse 8
          8 And he has shriveled me up, which is 6a witness against me, and my 7leanness has risen up against me; it testifies to my face.

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          9 He has 8torn me in his wrath 9and hated me; he has 10gnashed his teeth at me; my adversary sharpens his eyes against me.

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          10 Men have 11gaped at me with their mouth; they have 12struck me insolently on the cheek; they 13mass themselves together against me.

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          11 God gives me up to the ungodly and casts me into the hands of the wicked.
          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 14target;

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          13 his 15archers surround me. He slashes open my kidneys 16and does not spare; he 17pours out my gall on the ground.

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          14 He breaks me with 18breach upon breach; he 19runs upon me like a warrior.

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          15 I have sewed 20sackcloth upon my skin and have laid 21my strength 22in the dust.

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          16 My face is red with weeping, and on my eyelids is 23deep darkness,

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          17 although there is no 24violence in my hands, and my prayer is pure.

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          18 "O earth, 25cover not my blood, and let my 26cry find no resting place.

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          19 Even now, behold, my 27witness is in heaven, and he who testifies for me is 28on high.

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          20 My friends 29scorn me; my eye pours out tears to God,

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          21 that he would 30argue the case of a man with God, asb a son of man does with his neighbor.

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              22 For when a few years have come I shall go the way 31from which I shall not return.

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