Then Job answered and said:
"I have heard 1many such things; 2miserable comforters are you all.
Shall 3windy words have an end? Or what provokes you that you answer?
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.
I could strengthen you with my mouth, and the solace of my lips would assuage your pain.
"If I speak, my pain is not assuaged, and if I forbear, how much of it leaves me?
Surely now God has worn me out; 5he has made desolate all my company.
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.
He has 8torn me in his wrath 9and hated me; he has 10gnashed his teeth at me; my adversary sharpens his eyes against me.
Men have 11gaped at me with their mouth; they have 12struck me insolently on the cheek; they 13mass themselves together against me.
God gives me up to the ungodly and casts me into the hands of the wicked.
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;
his 15archers surround me. He slashes open my kidneys 16and does not spare; he 17pours out my gall on the ground.
He breaks me with 18breach upon breach; he 19runs upon me like a warrior.
I have sewed 20sackcloth upon my skin and have laid 21my strength 22in the dust.
My face is red with weeping, and on my eyelids is 23deep darkness,
although there is no 24violence in my hands, and my prayer is pure.
"O earth, 25cover not my blood, and let my 26cry find no resting place.
Even now, behold, my 27witness is in heaven, and he who testifies for me is 28on high.
My friends 29scorn me; my eye pours out tears to God,
that he would 30argue the case of a man with God, as a son of man does with his neighbor.
For when a few years have come I shall go the way 31from which I shall not return.