Job’s Fifth Speech

1 Then Job answered and said,

References for Job 16:1

    • a 16:1 - Hebrew "And"
      2 "I have heard many [things] like these; all of you [are] {miserable comforters}.

      References for Job 16:2

        • b 16:2 - Literally "comforters of trouble"
          3 [Is there] a limit to windy words? What provokes you that you answer?
          4 I myself also could talk as you, if {you were in my place}; I could join against you with words, and I could shake at you with my head.

          References for Job 16:4

            • c 16:4 - Emphatic personal pronoun;
            • d 16:4 - Literally "there is your soul in place of my soul"
              5 I could encourage you with my mouth, and the solace of my lips would ease the pain.

              References for Job 16:5

                • e 16:5 - Or "would"
                • f 16:5 - Or "should"
                  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; you have devastated all my company.

                  References for Job 16:7

                      8 Thus you shriveled me up; it became a witness. And my leanness has risen up against me; it testifies to my face.

                      References for Job 16:8

                        • h 16:8 - Hebrew "And"
                        • i 16:8 - Or "you have seized me"
                          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, then he broke me in two, and he seized [me] by my neck; then he shattered me and set me up as a target for him.

                          References for Job 16:12

                              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}; he rushes at me like a warrior.

                              References for Job 16:14

                                • l 16:14 - Literally "breach upon [the] faces of breach"
                                  15 "I have sewed sackcloth on my skin, and I have inserted {my pride} in the dust.

                                  References for Job 16:15

                                    • m 16:15 - Literally "my horn"
                                      16 My face is red because of weeping, and deep shadows [are] on my eyelids,
                                      17 {although} violence [is] not on my hands, and my prayer [is] pure.

                                      References for Job 16:17

                                        • n 16:17 - Literally "upon," or "because"
                                          18 "O earth, you should not cover my blood, and let there be no place for my cry for help.

                                          References for Job 16:18

                                            • o 16:18 - Or "do not let it become a place"
                                              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 argues for a mortal with God, and [as] {a human} for his friend.

                                              References for Job 16:21

                                                • p 16:21 - Or "but may [someone] argue"
                                                • q 16:21 - Literally "a son of man"
                                                  22 Indeed, [after] {a few years} have come, then I will go [the] way [from which] I will not return.

                                                  References for Job 16:22

                                                    • r 16:22 - Literally "years of number"
                                                    • s 16:22 - Hebrew "and"