Job 16 NIV

Job

1 Then Job replied:

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      2 “I have heard many things like these; you are miserable comforters, all of you!

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      3 Will your long-winded speeches never end? What ails you that you keep on arguing?

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      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.

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      5 But my mouth would encourage you; comfort from my lips would bring you relief.

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      6 “Yet if I speak, my pain is not relieved; and if I refrain, it does not go away.

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      7 Surely, God, you have worn me out; you have devastated my entire household.

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      8 You have shriveled me up—and it has become a witness; my gauntness rises up and testifies against me.

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      9 God assails me and tears me in his anger and gnashes his teeth at me; my opponent fastens on me his piercing eyes.

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      10 People open their mouths to jeer at me; they strike my cheek in scorn and unite together against me.

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      11 God has turned me over to the ungodly and thrown me into the clutches of the wicked.

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      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;

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      13 his archers surround me. Without pity, he pierces my kidneys and spills my gall on the ground.

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      14 Again and again he bursts upon me; he rushes at me like a warrior.

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      15 “I have sewed sackcloth over my skin and buried my brow in the dust.

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      16 My face is red with weeping, dark shadows ring my eyes;

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      17 yet my hands have been free of violence and my prayer is pure.

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      18 “Earth, do not cover my blood; may my cry never be laid to rest!

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      19 Even now my witness is in heaven; my advocate is on high.

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      20 My intercessor is my frienda as my eyes pour out tears to God;

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        • v 16:20 - Or "My friends treat me with scorn"
          21 on behalf of a man he pleads with God as one pleads for a friend.

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          22 “Only a few years will pass before I take the path of no return.

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