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Job Replies: You Are Miserable Comforters

16 Then Job answered:

“I have heard many such things;
    miserable comforters are you all!
Will windy words have an end?
    Or what provokes you that you answer?
I also could speak as you do,
    if your soul were in my place.
I could heap up words against you
    and shake my head at you;
but I would strengthen you with my mouth,
    and the moving of my lips would relieve your grief.

“Though I speak, my grief is not relieved;
    and though I stop, how am I eased?
But now He has made me weary;
    You have made desolate all my company.
You have filled me with wrinkles, which is a witness against me;
    and my leanness has risen up and bears witness to my face.
He has torn me in His wrath, and He has carried a grudge against me.
    He has gnashed me with His teeth;
    my enemy sharpens His gaze upon me.
10 They have gaped upon me with their mouth;
    they have struck me upon the cheek with reproach;
    they have gathered themselves together against me.
11 God has delivered me to the ungodly
    and turned me over into the hands of the wicked.
12 I was at ease, but He has shattered me.
    He also has taken me by my neck, and shaken me to pieces,
and set me up for His target.
13     His archers surround me;
He splits open my kidneys and does not pity;
    He pours out my gall upon the ground.
14 He pierces me with thrust after thrust;
    He rushes upon me like a warrior.

15 “I have sewn sackcloth over my skin
    and thrust my horn into the dust.
16 My face is inflamed with weeping,
    and on my eyelids is the shadow of death,
17 though not for any violence in my hands,
    and my prayer is pure.

18 “O earth, do not cover my blood,
    and let my cry have no resting place.
19 Also now, look, my witness is in heaven,
    and my record is on high.
20 My friends scorn me;
    my eyes pour out tears unto God.
21 Oh, that one might plead for a man with God,
    as a man pleads for his neighbor!

22 “For when a few years have passed,
    I will go the way from which I will not return.