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Job 16

   

Job Says Friends Are Sorry Comforters

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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 Says God Shattered Him

   
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.
     
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