Job Says Friends Are Sorry Comforters

1 Then Job answered,

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    • a 16:1 - Lit "answered and said"
      2 "I have heard many such things; 1Sorry comforters are you all.

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        • b 16:2 - Lit "Comforters of trouble"
          3 "Is there no limit to 2windy words? Or what plagues you that you answer?

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          4 "I too could speak like you, If I were in your place. I could compose words against you And 3shake my head at you.

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            • c 16:4 - Lit "your soul were in place of my soul"
              5 "I could strengthen you with my mouth, And the solace of my lips could lessen your pain.

              Job Says God Shattered Him

              6 "If I speak, 4my pain is not lessened, And if I hold back, what has left me?

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              7 "But now He has 5exhausted me; You have laid 6waste all my company.

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              8 "You have shriveled me up, 7It has become a witness; And my 8leanness rises up against me, It testifies to my face.

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              9 "His anger has 9torn me and hunted me down, He has 10gnashed at me with His teeth; My 11adversary glares * at me.

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                • d 16:9 - Lit "borne a grudge against me"
                • e 16:9 - Lit "sharpens his eyes"
                  10 "They have 12gaped at me with their mouth, They have 13slapped me on the cheek with contempt; They have 14massed themselves against me.

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                  11 "God hands me over to ruffians And tosses me into the hands of the wicked.
                  12 "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.

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                  13 "His 17arrows surround me. Without mercy He splits my kidneys open; He pours out 18my gall on the ground.

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                  14 "He 19breaks through me with breach after * breach; He 20runs at me like a warrior.

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                  15 "I have sewed 21sackcloth over my skin And 22thrust my horn in the dust.

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                  16 "My face is flushed from 23weeping, 24And deep darkness is on my eyelids,

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                  17 Although there is no 25violence in my hands, And 26my prayer is pure.

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                  18 "O earth, do not cover my blood, And let there be no resting place for my cry.
                  19 "Even now, behold, 27my witness is in heaven, And my advocate is 28on high.
                  20 "My friends are my scoffers; 29My eye weeps to God.

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                  21 "O that a man might plead with God As a man * with his neighbor!
                  22 "For when a few years are past, I shall go the way 30of no return.

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