2 “I’ve heard many things like this. What miserable comforters you all are! 3 Will windy words like yours never end? What is upsetting you that you keep on arguing?
4 “I could also talk like you if only you were in my place! Then I would put together an argument[a] against you. I would shake my head at you 5 and encourage you with what I have to say;[b] my words of comfort would lessen your pain.
6 “But if I speak, my pain isn’t assuaged; if I refrain from speaking, what do I have to lose?”
Job Claims of God’s Mistreatment
7 “God[c] has certainly worn me out; you devastated my entire world.[d] 8 You’ve arrested me, making me testify against myself! My leanness rises up to attack me, accusing[e] me to my face. 9 His anger tears me in his persistent resentment against me; he gnashes his teeth at me. My adversary glares[f] at me. 10 People gaped at me with mouths wide open; they slap me in their scorn and gather together against me. 11 God has delivered me over to the ungodly, throwing me into the control of the wicked.
12 “He tore me apart when I was at ease; grabbing me by my neck, he shook me to pieces— then he really made me his target. 13 His archers surround me, slashing open my kidneys without pity; he pours out my gall on the ground. 14 Attack follows attack as he breaks through my defenses! He runs over me like a mighty warrior.
15 “I’ve even sewn sackcloth directly to my skin; I’ve buried my strength[g] in the dust. 16 My face is red from my tears, and dark shadows encircle my eyelids, 17 even though violence is not my intention, and my prayer is pure.”
Job Appeals to Witnesses
18 “Listen, earth! Don’t cover my blood, for my outcry has no place to rest. 19 Even now, behold! I have a witness in heaven, my Advocate is on high. 20 My friends mock me, while my eyes overflow with tears to God, 21 crying for him to arbitrate between this[h] man and God; as a human being does with his fellow neighbor. 22 For when only a few years have elapsed, I’ll start down a path from which I’ll never return.”
You'll get this book and many others when you join Bible Gateway Plus. Learn more
You must be logged in to view your newly purchased content. Please log in below or if you don't have an account, creating one is easy and only takes a few moments. After you log in your content will be available in your library.
Step 1 - Create an account or log in to start your free trial.
Starting your free trial of Bible Gateway Plus is easy. You’re already logged in with your Bible Gateway account. The next step is to enter your payment information. Your credit card won’t be charged until the trial period is over. You can cancel anytime during the trial period.
Click the button below to continue.
Step 1 - Create an account or log in to start your subscription.
You’ve already claimed your free trial of Bible Gateway Plus. To subscribe at our regular subscription rate of $3.99/month, click the button below.
Upgrade to remove banner ads and unlock new features!
You've successfully created your account! For the best Bible Gateway experience, consider an upgrade to Bible Gateway Plus. For less than the cost of a latte each month, you'll get reduced banner ads and a huge digital Bible study library. Try it free for 30 days!