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Job 15

The Book of Job

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Chapter 16

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 And Job made answer and said, 

 

 


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 Such things have frequently come to my ears: you are comforters who only give trouble. 

 

 


3

 

 May words which are like the wind be stopped? or what is troubling you to make answer to them? 

 

 


4

 

 It would not be hard for me to say such things if your souls were in my soul's place; joining words together against you, and shaking my head at you: 

 

 


5

 

 I might give you strength with my mouth, and not keep back the comfort of my lips. 

 

 


6

 

 If I say what is in my mind, my pain becomes no less: and if I keep quiet, how much of it goes from me? 

 

 


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 But now he has overcome me with weariness and fear, and I am in the grip of all my trouble. 

 

 


8

 

 It has come up as a witness against me, and the wasting of my flesh makes answer to my face. 

 

 


9

 

 I am broken by his wrath, and his hate has gone after me; he has made his teeth sharp against me: my haters are looking on me with cruel eyes; 

 

 


10

 

 Their mouths are open wide against me; the blows of his bitter words are falling on my face; all of them come together in a mass against me. 

 

 


11

 

 God gives me over to the power of sinners, sending me violently into the hands of evil-doers. 

 

 


12

 

 I was in comfort, but I have been broken up by his hands; he has taken me by the neck, shaking me to bits; he has put me up as a mark for his arrows. 

 

 


13

 

 His bowmen come round about me; their arrows go through my body without mercy; my life is drained out on the earth. 

 

 


14

 

 I am broken with wound after wound; he comes rushing on me like a man of war. 

 

 


15

 

 I have made haircloth the clothing of my skin, and my horn is rolled in the dust. 

 

 


16

 

 My face is red with weeping, and my eyes are becoming dark; 

 

 


17

 

 Though my hands have done no violent acts, and my prayer is clean. 

 

 


18

 

 O earth, let not my blood be covered, and let my cry have no resting-place! 

 

 


19

 

 Even now my witness is in heaven, and the supporter of my cause is on high. 

 

 


20

 

 My friends make sport of me; to God my eyes are weeping, 

 

 


21

 

 So that he may give decision for a man in his cause with God, and between a son of man and his neighbour. 

 

 


22

 

 For in a short time I will take the journey from which I will not come back. 

 

 


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