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Job 16 (Lexham English Bible)

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Job’s Fifth Speech

1 Thena Job answered and said, 2 "I have heard many [things] like these; all of you [are] {miserable comforters}.b 3 [Is there] a limit to windy words? What provokes you that you answer? 4 I myselfc also could talk as you, if {you were in my place};d I could join against you with words, and I could shake at you with my head. 5 I coulde encourage you with my mouth, and the solace of my lips wouldf ease the pain. 6 If I speak, my pain is not relieved; and [if] I cease, how much will leave me? 7 "Surely now he has worn me out; youg have devastated all my company. 8 Thush you shriveled me up;i it became a witness. And my leanness has risen up against me; it testifies to my face. 9 His wrath has torn, and he has been hostile toward me; he gnashed at me with his teeth. My foe sharpens his eyes against me. 10 They gaped at me with their mouth; they struck my cheeks with disgrace; they have massed themselves together against me. 11 God delivers me to an evil one, and he casts me into the hands of [the] wicked. 12 "I was at ease, thenj he broke me in two, and he seized [me] by my neck; thenk he shattered me and set me up as a target for him. 13 His archers surround me; he slashes open my kidneys, and he does not have compassion; he pours out my gall on the ground. 14 He breached me {breach upon breach};l he rushes at me like a warrior. 15 "I have sewed sackcloth on my skin, and I have inserted {my pride}m in the dust. 16 My face is red because of weeping, and deep shadows [are] on my eyelids, 17 {although}n violence [is] not on my hands, and my prayer [is] pure. 18 "O earth, you should not cover my blood, and let there be no placeo for my cry for help. 19 So now look, my witness [is] in the heavens, and he [who] vouches for me [is] in the heights. 20 My friends scorn me; my eye pours out tears to God, 21 and it arguesp for a mortal with God, and [as] {a human}q for his friend. 22 Indeed, [after] {a few years}r have come, thens I will go [the] way [from which] I will not return.
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