Then Job replied:
"I have heard many things like these; you are miserable comforters,1 all of you!23
Will your long-winded speeches never end?3 What ails you that you keep on arguing?44
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.
But my mouth would encourage you; comfort6 from my lips would bring you relief.76
"Yet if I speak, my pain is not relieved; and if I refrain, it does not go away.87
Surely, God, you have worn me out;9 you have devastated my entire household.108
You have shriveled me up--and it has become a witness; my gauntness11 rises up and testifies against me.129
God assails me and tears13 me in his anger14 and gnashes his teeth at me;15 my opponent fastens on me his piercing eyes.1610
People open their mouths17 to jeer at me;18 they strike my cheek19 in scorn and unite together against me.2011
God has turned me over to the ungodly and thrown me into the clutches of the wicked.2112
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;2313
his archers surround me.24 Without pity, he pierces25 my kidneys and spills my gall on the ground.
Again and again26 he bursts upon me; he rushes at me like a warrior.2715
"I have sewed sackcloth28 over my skin and buried my brow in the dust.2916
My face is red with weeping,30 dark shadows ring my eyes;3117
yet my hands have been free of violence32 and my prayer is pure.3318
"Earth, do not cover my blood;34 may my cry35 never be laid to rest!3619
Even now my witness37 is in heaven;38 my advocate is on high.3920
My intercessor40 is my frienda41 as my eyes pour out42 tears43 to God;
on behalf of a human being he pleads44 with God as one pleads for a friend.
"Only a few years will pass before I take the path of no return.45