Job 16 NKJV/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 you all! 2 "I have heard many things like these; miserable comforters are you all!
3 Shall words of wind have an end? Or what provokes you that you answer? 3 Will your long-winded speeches never end? What ails you that you keep on arguing?
4 I also could speak as you do, If your soul were in my soul's place. I could heap up words 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 comfort of my lips would relieve 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 relieved; And if I remain silent, how 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 has worn me out; You have made desolate all my company. 7 Surely, O God, you have worn me out; you have devastated my entire household.
8 You have shriveled me up, And it is a witness against me; My leanness rises up against me And bears witness to my face. 8 You have bound me--and it has become a witness; my gauntness rises up and testifies against me.
9 He tears me in His wrath, and hates me; He gnashes at me with His teeth; My adversary sharpens His gaze on 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 gape at me with their mouth, They strike me reproachfully on the cheek, They gather 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 has delivered me to the ungodly, And turned me over to 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, but He has shattered me; He also has taken me by my neck, and shaken me to pieces; He has set 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 pierces my heart and does not pity; He pours out my gall on the ground. 13 his archers surround me. Without pity, he pierces my kidneys and spills my gall on the ground.
14 He breaks me with wound upon wound; He runs at me like a warrior. 14 Again and again he bursts upon me; he rushes at me like a warrior.
15 "I have sewn sackcloth over my skin, And laid my head in the dust. 15 "I have sewed sackcloth over my skin and buried my brow in the dust.
16 My face is flushed from weeping, And on my eyelids is the shadow of death; 16 My face is red with weeping, deep shadows ring my eyes;
17 Although no violence is 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, do not cover 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 Surely even now my witness is in heaven, And my evidence is on high. 19 Even now my witness is in heaven; my advocate is on high.
20 My friends scorn me; My eyes pour out tears to God. 20 My intercessor is my friend as my eyes pour out tears to God;
21 Oh, that one might plead for a man with God, As a man pleads for 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 finished, I shall go the way of no return. 22 "Only a few years will pass before I go on the journey of no return.