|Job 16:1 Then Job answered,|
|Job 16:2 "I have heard many such things;
Sorry comforters are you all.
|Job 16:3 "Is there no limit to windy words?
Or what plagues you that you answer?
|Job 16:4 "I too could speak like you,
If I were in your place.
I could compose words against you
And shake my head at you.
|Job 16:5 "I could strengthen you with my mouth,
And the solace of my lips could lessen your pain.
|Job 16:6 ¶ "If I speak, my pain is not lessened,
And if I hold back, what has left me?
|Job 16:7 "But now He has exhausted me;
You have laid waste all my company.
|Job 16:8 "You have shriveled me up,
It has become a witness;
And my leanness rises up against me,
It testifies to my face.
|Job 16:9 "His anger has torn me and hunted me down,
He has gnashed at me with His teeth;
My adversary glares at me.
|Job 16:10 "They have gaped at me with their mouth,
They have slapped me on the cheek with contempt;
They have massed themselves against me.
|Job 16:11 "God hands me over to ruffians
And tosses me into the hands of the wicked.
|Job 16:12 "I was at ease, but He shattered me,
And He has grasped me by the neck and shaken me to pieces;
He has also set me up as His target.
|Job 16:13 "His arrows surround me.
Without mercy He splits my kidneys open;
He pours out my gall on the ground.
|Job 16:14 "He breaks through me with breach after breach;
He runs at me like a warrior.
|Job 16:15 "I have sewed sackcloth over my skin
And thrust my horn in the dust.
|Job 16:16 "My face is flushed from weeping,
And deep darkness is on my eyelids,
|Job 16:17 Although there is no violence in my hands,
And my prayer is pure.
|Job 16:18 ¶ "O earth, do not cover my blood,
And let there be no resting place for my cry.
|Job 16:19 "Even now, behold, my witness is in heaven,
And my advocate is on high.
|Job 16:20 "My friends are my scoffers;
My eye weeps to God.
|Job 16:21 "O that a man might plead with God
As a man with his neighbor!
|Job 16:22 "For when a few years are past,
I shall go the way of no return.