Job Reproves His Friends
1Job answered, saying:
2“I have heard many things like these; you are miserable comforters, all of you!
3Is there no end to your futile words? What compels you to answer?
4I too could speak like you, if you were in my place; I could compose words against you and shake my head at you.
5But I would strengthen you with my mouth and comfort from my lips would bring you relief.
6“Yet, if I speak, my pain is not relieved, and if I refrain, does it not go away from me?
7Surely now He has exhausted me; You have devastated my entire household.
8You have seized me— it has become a witness; my leanness rises against me and testifies to my face.
9His anger has torn and tormented me; He gnashes at me with his teeth; my enemy looks at me with daggers in his eyes.
10People open their mouths against me; they strike my cheek in contempt; they unite together against me.
11God has handed me over to the ungodly, and tossed me into the hands of the wicked.
12I was at ease, but He shattered me; He grabbed me by the neck and crushed me. He has made me His target;
13His archers surround me. Without mercy He pierces my kidneys and spills my gall on the ground.
14He breaks through against me, breach after breach. He runs after me like a warrior.
15“I have sewn sackcloth over my skin and sunk my horn in the dust;
16my face is red from weeping, and on my eyelids are deep darkness;
17yet no violence is in my hands and my prayer is pure.
18“Earth, do not cover my blood, and let my cry find no resting place!
19Even now my witness is in heaven, my advocate is on high.
20My intercessor is my friend; as my eyes pour out tears to God;
21he contends with God on behalf of man as one pleads for a friend.
22“For the number of years will come to pass, and then I will go the way of no return.