"I have heardmanysuchthings ; b1Sorrycomforters are you all.
"Is there no limit to 2windywords ? Orwhatplagues you that you answer ?
"I too could speak like you, IfcI were in your place. I could composewordsagainst you And 3shake my head at you.
"I could strengthen you with my mouth, And the solace of my lips could lessen your pain.
6"If I speak, 4my pain is not lessened, And if I holdback, what has left me?
"But now He has 5exhausted me; You have laid6wasteall my company.
"You have shriveled me up, 7It has become a witness ; And my 8leannessrises up against me, It testifies to my face.
"His anger has 9torn me and dhunted me down, He has 10gnashed at me with His teeth ; My 11adversaryeglares at me.
"They have 12gaped at me with their mouth, They have f13slapped me on the cheek with contempt ; They have 14massed themselves against me.
11"Godhands me over to ruffians And tosses me into the hands of the wicked.
"I was at ease, but 15He shattered me, And He has grasped me by the neck and shaken me to pieces ; He has also set me up as His 16target.
"His 17arrowssurround me. Withoutmercy He splits my kidneysopen ; He pours out 18my gall on the ground.
"He 19breaksthrough me with breachafterbreach ; He 20runs at me like a warrior.
"I have sewed21sackclothover my skin And 22thrust my horn in the dust.
"My face is flushed from 23weeping, 24And deepdarkness is on my eyelids,
17Although there is no25violence in my hands, And 26my prayer is pure.
"O earth, do not cover my blood, And let there be no resting place for my cry.
19"Evennow, behold, 27my witness is in heaven, And my gadvocate is 28on high.
"My friends are my scoffers ; 29My eyehweeps to God.
"O that a man might plead with God As a man with his neighbor !
"For when a fewyears are past, I shall go the way30of noreturn.