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Job 16 CEB/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

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1 Then Job answered: 1 Then Job replied:
2 I've heard many things like these. All of you are sorry comforters. 2 "I have heard many things like these; miserable comforters are you all!
3 Will windy talk ever cease; what bothers you that you must argue? 3 Will your long-winded speeches never end? What ails you that you keep on arguing?
4 In your situation I could speak like you; I could put words together to oppose you, shake my head over 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 I could heap up words, strengthen you with my speech; my trembling lips would be held in check. 5 But my mouth would encourage you; comfort from my lips would bring you relief.
6 If I speak, my pain is not eased; if I hold back, what have I lost? 6 "Yet if I speak, my pain is not relieved; and if I refrain, it does not go away.
7 Now God has surely worn me out. You have destroyed my entire group, 7 Surely, O God, you have worn me out; you have devastated my entire household.
8 seized me, which became grounds for an accusation. My leanness rises to bear witness against me. 8 You have bound me--and it has become a witness; my gauntness rises up and testifies against me.
9 His anger tears me and afflicts me; he slashes at me with his teeth. My enemy pierces me with his eyes. 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 open their mouths at me and strike my cheek in a taunt; they gang up on me. 10 Men open their mouths to jeer at me; they strike my cheek in scorn and unite together against me.
11 God delivers me to a criminal and forces 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 rest, but he shattered me, seized me by the back of my neck, dashed me into pieces; he raised me up for his target. 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 surround me; he cuts my kidneys open without pity and doesn't care, pours my gall on the ground, 13 his archers surround me. Without pity, he pierces my kidneys and spills my gall on the ground.
14 bursts me open over and over, runs against me like a strong man. 14 Again and again he bursts upon me; he rushes at me like a warrior.
15 I've sewed rough cloth over my skin and buried my dignity in the dust. 15 "I have sewed sackcloth over my skin and buried my brow in the dust.
16 My face is red from crying, and dark gloom hangs on my eyelids. 16 My face is red with weeping, deep shadows ring my eyes;
17 But 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 Earth, don't cover my blood; let my outcry never cease. 18 "O earth, do not cover my blood; may my cry never be laid to rest!
19 Surely now my witness stands in heaven; my advocate is on high; 19 Even now my witness is in heaven; my advocate is on high.
20 my go-between, my friend. While my eyes drip tears to God, 20 My intercessor is my friend as my eyes pour out tears to God;
21 let him plead with God for a human being, like a person pleads for a friend. 21 on behalf of a man he pleads with God as a man pleads for his friend.
22 A number of years will surely pass, and then I'll walk a path that I won't return. 22 "Only a few years will pass before I go on the journey of no return.