Job 16 TNIV


1 Then Job replied:

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      2 "I have heard many things like these; you are miserable comforters,1 all of you!2

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      3 Will your long-winded speeches never end?3 What ails you that you keep on arguing?4

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      4 I also could speak like you, if you were in my place; I could make fine speeches against you and shake my head5 at you.

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      5 But my mouth would encourage you; comfort6 from my lips would bring you relief.7

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      6 "Yet if I speak, my pain is not relieved; and if I refrain, it does not go away.8

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      7 Surely, God, you have worn me out;9 you have devastated my entire household.10

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      8 You have shriveled me up--and it has become a witness; my gauntness11 rises up and testifies against me.12

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      9 God assails me and tears13 me in his anger14 and gnashes his teeth at me;15 my opponent fastens on me his piercing eyes.16

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      10 People open their mouths17 to jeer at me;18 they strike my cheek19 in scorn and unite together against me.20

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      11 God has turned me over to the ungodly and thrown me into the clutches of the wicked.21

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      12 All was well with me, but he shattered me; he seized me by the neck and crushed me.22 He has made me his target;23

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      13 his archers surround me.24 Without pity, he pierces25 my kidneys and spills my gall on the ground.

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      14 Again and again26 he bursts upon me; he rushes at me like a warrior.27

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      15 "I have sewed sackcloth28 over my skin and buried my brow in the dust.29

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      16 My face is red with weeping,30 dark shadows ring my eyes;31

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      17 yet my hands have been free of violence32 and my prayer is pure.33

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      18 "Earth, do not cover my blood;34 may my cry35 never be laid to rest!36

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      19 Even now my witness37 is in heaven;38 my advocate is on high.39

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      20 My intercessor40 is my frienda41 as my eyes pour out42 tears43 to God;

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        • a 16:20 - Or "My friends treat me with scorn"
          21 on behalf of a human being he pleads44 with God as one pleads for a friend.

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          22 "Only a few years will pass before I take the path of no return.45

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