Job 16 ASV/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Then Job answered and said, 1 Then Job replied:
2 I have heard many such things: Miserable comforters are ye all. 2 "I have heard many things like these; miserable comforters are you all!
3 Shall vain words have an end? Or what provoketh thee that thou answerest? 3 Will your long-winded speeches never end? What ails you that you keep on arguing?
4 I also could speak as ye do; If your soul were in my soul's stead, I could join words together against you, And shake my head at you. 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.
5 [But] I would strengthen you with my mouth, And the solace of my lips would assuage [your grief]. 5 But my mouth would encourage you; comfort from my lips would bring you relief.
6 Though I speak, my grief is not assuaged; And though I forbear, what am I eased? 6 "Yet if I speak, my pain is not relieved; and if I refrain, it does not go away.
7 But now he hath made me weary: Thou hast made desolate all my company. 7 Surely, O God, you have worn me out; you have devastated my entire household.
8 And thou hast laid fast hold on me, [which] is a witness [against me]: And my leanness riseth up against me, It testifieth to my face. 8 You have bound me--and it has become a witness; my gauntness rises up and testifies against me.
9 He hath torn me in his wrath, and persecuted me; He hath gnashed upon me with his teeth: Mine adversary sharpeneth his eyes upon me. 9 God assails me and tears me in his anger and gnashes his teeth at me; my opponent fastens on me his piercing eyes.
10 They have gaped upon me with their mouth; They have smitten me upon the cheek reproachfully: They gather themselves together against me. 10 Men open their mouths to jeer at me; they strike my cheek in scorn and unite together against me.
11 God delivereth me to the ungodly, And casteth me into the hands of the wicked. 11 God has turned me over to evil men and thrown me into the clutches of the wicked.
12 I was at ease, and he brake me asunder; Yea, he hath taken me by the neck, and dashed me to pieces: He hath also set me up for his mark. 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;
13 His archers compass me round about; He cleaveth my reins asunder, and doth not spare; He poureth out my gall upon the ground. 13 his archers surround me. Without pity, he pierces my kidneys and spills my gall on the ground.
14 He breaketh me with breach upon breach; He runneth upon me like a giant. 14 Again and again he bursts upon me; he rushes at me like a warrior.
15 I have sewed sackcloth upon my skin, And have laid my horn in the dust. 15 "I have sewed sackcloth over my skin and buried my brow in the dust.
16 My face is red with weeping, And on my eyelids is the shadow of death; 16 My face is red with weeping, deep shadows ring my eyes;
17 Although there is no violence in my hands, And my prayer is pure. 17 yet my hands have been free of violence and my prayer is pure.
18 O earth, cover not thou my blood, And let my cry have no [resting] -place. 18 "O earth, do not cover my blood; may my cry never be laid to rest!
19 Even now, behold, my witness is in heaven, And he that voucheth for me is on high. 19 Even now my witness is in heaven; my advocate is on high.
20 My friends scoff at me: [But] mine eye poureth out tears unto God, 20 My intercessor is my friend as my eyes pour out tears to God;
21 That he would maintain the right of a man with God, And of a son of man with his neighbor! 21 on behalf of a man he pleads with God as a man pleads for his friend.
22 For when a few years are come, I shall go the way whence I shall not return. 22 "Only a few years will pass before I go on the journey of no return.