2 “I have heard many such things; [b]Sorry comforters are you all. 3 “Is there no limit to windy words? Or what plagues you that you answer? 4 “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. 5 “I could strengthen you with my mouth, And the solace of my lips could lessen your pain.
Job Says God Shattered Him
6 “If I speak, my pain is not lessened, And if I hold back, what has left me? 7 “But now He has exhausted me; You have laid waste all my company. 8 “You have shriveled me up, It has become a witness; And my leanness rises up against me, It testifies to my face. 9 “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.
Job Says He Has Become a Byword
17 “My spirit is broken, my days are extinguished, The [i]grave is ready for me. 2 “Surely mockers are with me, And my eye [j]gazes on their provocation.
3 “Lay down, now, a pledge for me with Yourself; Who is there that will [k]be my guarantor? 4 “For You have [l]kept their heart from understanding, Therefore You will not exalt them. 5 “He who informs against friends for a share of the spoil, The eyes of his children also will languish.
6 “But He has made me a byword of the people, And I am [m]one at whom men spit. 7 “My eye has also grown dim because of grief, And all my members are as a shadow. 8 “The upright will be appalled at this, And the innocent will stir up himself against the godless. 9 “Nevertheless the righteous will hold to his way, And he who has clean hands will grow stronger and stronger. 10 “But come again all of [n]you now, For I do not find a wise man among you. 11 “My days are past, my plans are torn apart, Even the wishes of my heart. 12 “They make night into day, saying, ‘The light is near,’ in the presence of darkness. 13 “If I look for Sheol as my home, I [o]make my bed in the darkness; 14 If I call to the pit, ‘You are my father’; To the worm, ‘my mother and my sister’; 15 Where now is my hope? And who regards my hope? 16 “[p]Will it go down with me to Sheol? Shall we together go down into the dust?”
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