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Job 16 World English Bible (WEB)

16 Then Job answered,

“I have heard many such things.
    You are all miserable comforters!
Shall vain words have an end?
    Or what provokes you that you answer?
I also could speak as you do.
    If your soul were in my soul’s place,
    I could join words together against you,
    and shake my head at you,
but I would strengthen you with my mouth.
    The solace of my lips would relieve you.

“Though I speak, my grief is not subsided.
    Though I forbear, what am I eased?
But now, God, you have surely worn me out.
    You have made desolate all my company.
You have shriveled me up. This is a witness against me.
    My leanness rises up against me.
    It testifies to my face.
He has torn me in his wrath, and persecuted me.
    He has gnashed on me with his teeth.
    My adversary sharpens his eyes on me.
10 They have gaped on me with their mouth.
    They have struck me on the cheek reproachfully.
    They gather themselves together against me.
11 God delivers me to the ungodly,
    and casts me into the hands of the wicked.
12 I was at ease, and he broke me apart.
    Yes, he has taken me by the neck, and dashed me to pieces.
    He has also set me up for his target.
13 His archers surround me.
    He splits my kidneys apart, and does not spare.
    He pours out my gall on the ground.
14 He breaks me with breach on breach.
    He runs on me like a giant.
15 I have sewed sackcloth on my skin,
    and have thrust my horn in the dust.
16 My face is red with weeping.
    Deep darkness is on my eyelids.
17 Although there is no violence in my hands,
    and my prayer is pure.

18 “Earth, don’t cover my blood.
    Let my cry have no place to rest.
19 Even now, behold, my witness is in heaven.
    He who vouches for me is on high.
20 My friends scoff at me.
    My eyes pour out tears to God,
21 that he would maintain the right of a man with God,
    of a son of man with his neighbor!
22 For when a few years have come,
    I shall go the way of no return.

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Job 16 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

Job Says Friends Are Sorry Comforters

16 Then Job [a]answered,

“I have heard many such things;
[b]Sorry comforters are you all.
“Is there no limit to windy words?
Or what plagues you that you answer?
“I too could speak like you,
If [c]I were in your place.
I could compose words against you
And shake my head at you.
“I could strengthen you with my mouth,
And the solace of my lips could lessen your pain.

Job Says God Shattered Him

“If I speak, my pain is not lessened,
And if I hold back, what has left me?
“But now He has exhausted me;
You have laid waste all my company.
“You have shriveled me up,
It has become a witness;
And my leanness rises up against me,
It testifies to my face.
“His anger has torn me and [d]hunted me down,
He has gnashed at me with His teeth;
My adversary [e]glares at me.
10 “They have gaped at me with their mouth,
They have [f]slapped me on the cheek with contempt;
They have massed themselves against me.
11 “God hands me over to ruffians
And tosses me into the hands of the wicked.
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.
13 “His arrows surround me.
Without mercy He splits my kidneys open;
He pours out my gall on the ground.
14 “He breaks through me with breach after breach;
He runs at me like a warrior.
15 “I have sewed sackcloth over my skin
And thrust my horn in the dust.
16 “My face is flushed from weeping,
And deep darkness is on my eyelids,
17 Although there is no violence in my hands,
And my prayer is pure.

18 “O earth, do not cover my blood,
And let there be no resting place for my cry.
19 “Even now, behold, my witness is in heaven,
And my [g]advocate is on high.
20 “My friends are my scoffers;
My eye [h]weeps to God.
21 “O that a man might plead with God
As a man with his neighbor!
22 “For when a few years are past,
I shall go the way of no return.


  1. Job 16:1 Lit answered and said
  2. Job 16:2 Lit Comforters of trouble
  3. Job 16:4 Lit your soul were in place of my soul
  4. Job 16:9 Lit borne a grudge against me
  5. Job 16:9 Lit sharpens his eyes
  6. Job 16:10 Lit struck
  7. Job 16:19 Or witness
  8. Job 16:20 Or drips
New American Standard Bible (NASB)

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