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Job: Chapter 16

Job reproves his friends for unmercifulness, 1-16. He maintains his innocence, 17-22.

1 Then Job answered and said,

2 "I have heard many such things. You are all miserable comforters.

3 Shall vain words have an end? Or what emboldens you that you answer?

4 I also could speak as you do. If your soul were in my soul's stead, I could heap up words against you and shake my head at you.

5 But I would strengthen you with my mouth, and the moving 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 has made me weary. You have made all my company desolate.

8 And you have filled me with wrinkles, which is a witness against me. And my leanness rising up in me bears witness to my face.

9 He tears me in his wrath and hates me. He gnashes upon me with his teeth. My enemy sharpens his eyes upon me.

10 They have gaped upon me with their mouth. They have smitten me upon the cheek reproachfully. They have gathered themselves 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 broken me apart. He has also taken me by my neck, shaken me to pieces, and set me up for his mark.

13 His archers encompass me. He cleaves my kidneys apart and does not spare. He pours out my gall upon the ground.

14 He breaks me with breach upon breach. He runs upon me like a giant.

15 I have sewed sackcloth upon my skin and defiled my horn in the dust.

16 My face is foul with weeping, and on my eyelids are the shades of death,

17 Although there is no injustice in my hands and my prayer is pure.

18 O earth, do not cover my blood, and let my cry have no place.

19 Also now, behold, my witness is in heaven, and he who vouches for me is on high.

20 My friends scorn me. My eye pours out tears to God.

21 O that one might plead for a man with God as a man pleads for his neighbor!

22 When a few years have come, then I shall go the way from where I shall not return."