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JOB · Chapter 16
16:1 Then Job answered and said,
16:2 I have heard many such things: miserable comforters are all of you all.
16:3 Shall vain words have an end? or what emboldens you that you answer?
16:4 I also could speak as all of you do: if your soul were in my soul's position, I could heap up words against you, and shake mine head at you.
16:5 But I would strengthen you with my mouth, and the moving of my lips should subside your grief.
16:6 Though I speak, my grief is not subsided: and though I forbear, what am I eased?
16:7 But now he has made me weary: you have made desolate all my company.
16:8 And you have filled me with wrinkles, which is a witness against me: and my leanness rising up in me bears witness to my face.
16:9 He tears me in his wrath, who hates me: he gnashes upon me with his teeth; mine enemy sharpens his eyes upon me.
16:10 They have gaped upon me with their mouth; they have smitten me upon the cheek reproachfully; they have gathered themselves together against me.
16:11 God has delivered me to the ungodly, and turned me over into the hands of the wicked.
16:12 I was at ease, but he has broken me asunder: he has also taken me by my neck, and shaken me to pieces, and set me up for his mark.
16:13 His archers compass me round about, he cleaves my reins asunder, and does not spare; he pours out my gall upon the ground.
16:14 He breaks me with breach upon breach, he runs upon me like a giant.
16:15 I have sewed sackcloth upon my skin, and defiled my horn in the dust.
16:16 My face is foul with weeping, and on my eyelids is the shadow of death;
16:17 Not for any injustice in mine hands: also my prayer is pure.
16:18 O earth, cover not you my blood, and let my cry have no place.
16:19 Also now, behold, my witness is in heaven, and my record is on high.
16:20 My friends scorn me: but mine eye pours out tears unto God.
16:21 O that one might plead for a man with God, as a man pleads for his neighbour!
16:22 When a few years are come, then I shall go the way whence I shall not return.
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