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Job 15

The Book of Job

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Chapter 16

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  Then Job answered and said,  

 

 


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  I have heard many such things: Miserable comforters are ye all.  

 

 


3

 

  Shall vain words have an end? Or what provoketh thee that thou answerest?  

 

 


4

 

  I also could speak as ye do; If your soul were in my soul's stead, I could join words together against you, And shake my head at you.  

 

 


5

 

  [But] I would strengthen you with my mouth, And the solace of my lips would assuage [your grief].  

 

 


6

 

  Though I speak, my grief is not assuaged; And though I forbear, what am I eased?  

 

 


7

 

  But now he hath made me weary: Thou hast made desolate all my company.  

 

 


8

 

  And thou hast laid fast hold on me, [which] is a witness [against me]: And my leanness riseth up against me, It testifieth to my face.  

 

 


9

 

  He hath torn me in his wrath, and persecuted me; He hath gnashed upon me with his teeth: Mine adversary sharpeneth his eyes upon me.  

 

 


10

 

  They have gaped upon me with their mouth; They have smitten me upon the cheek reproachfully: They gather themselves together against me.  

 

 


11

 

  God delivereth me to the ungodly, And casteth me into the hands of the wicked.  

 

 


12

 

  I was at ease, and he brake me asunder; Yea, he hath taken me by the neck, and dashed me to pieces: He hath also set me up for his mark.  

 

 


13

 

  His archers compass me round about; He cleaveth my reins asunder, and doth not spare; He poureth out my gall upon the ground.  

 

 


14

 

  He breaketh me with breach upon breach; He runneth upon me like a giant.  

 

 


15

 

  I have sewed sackcloth upon my skin, And have laid my horn in the dust.  

 

 


16

 

  My face is red with weeping, And on my eyelids is the shadow of death;  

 

 


17

 

  Although there is no violence in my hands, And my prayer is pure.  

 

 


18

 

  O earth, cover not thou my blood, And let my cry have no [resting] -place.  

 

 


19

 

  Even now, behold, my witness is in heaven, And he that voucheth for me is on high.  

 

 


20

 

  My friends scoff at me: [But] mine eye poureth out tears unto God,  

 

 


21

 

  That he would maintain the right of a man with God, And of a son of man with his neighbor!  

 

 


22

 

  For when a few years are come, I shall go the way whence I shall not return.  

 

 


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