Job Replies: Miserable Comforters Are You
1Then Job answered and said:
2“I have heard #[ch. 12:3] many such things;
# [ch. 13:4] miserable comforters are you all.
3Shall #[ch. 15:2]windy words have an end?
Or what provokes you that you answer?
4I also could speak as you do,
if you were in my place;
I could join words together against you
and #2 Kgs. 19:21; Ps. 22:7; 109:25; Isa. 37:22; Jer. 18:16; Lam. 2:15; Matt. 27:39; Mark 15:29shake my head at you.
5I could strengthen you with my mouth,
and the solace of my lips would assuage your pain.
6“If I speak, my pain is not assuaged,
and if I forbear, how much of it leaves me?
7Surely now God has worn me out;
# [ch. 15:34]; See ch. 1:15-19 he has#16:7 Hebrew you have; also verse 8 made desolate all my company.
8And he has shriveled me up,
which is #ch. 10:17; [Ruth 1:21] a witness against me,
and my #[Ps. 109:24]leanness has risen up against me;
it testifies to my face.
9He has #ch. 18:4; Hos. 6:1; Amos 1:11 torn me in his wrath #ch. 30:21 and hated me;
he has #Ps. 35:16; 37:12; 112:10; Lam. 2:16; Acts 7:54gnashed his teeth at me;
my adversary sharpens his eyes against me.
10Men have #Ps. 22:13 gaped at me with their mouth;
they have #Ps. 3:7; Isa. 50:6; Lam. 3:30; Mic. 5:1; [1 Kgs. 22:24; Acts 23:2] struck me insolently on the cheek;
they #Ps. 35:15mass themselves together against me.
11God gives me up to the ungodly
and casts me into the hands of the wicked.
12I was at ease, and he broke me apart;
he seized me by the neck and dashed me to pieces;
he set me up as his #Lam. 3:12; [ch. 7:20]target;
13his #Jer. 50:29 archers surround me.
He slashes open my kidneys #ch. 27:22 and does not spare;
he #ch. 20:25; [Lam. 2:11]pours out my gall on the ground.
14He breaks me with #ch. 30:14 breach upon breach;
he #ch. 15:26runs upon me like a warrior.
15I have sewed #See 2 Sam. 3:31 sackcloth upon my skin
and have laid #[Ps. 75:10] my strength #[Ps. 7:5]in the dust.
16My face is red with weeping,
and on my eyelids is #See ch. 3:5deep darkness,
17although there is no #Isa. 53:9violence in my hands,
and my prayer is pure.
18“O earth, #Isa. 26:21; Ezek. 24:7 cover not my blood,
and let my #[Gen. 4:10]cry find no resting place.
19Even now, behold, my #Ps. 89:37; Rom. 1:9 witness is in heaven,
and he who testifies for me is #[Ps. 148:1]on high.
20My friends #[ch. 12:5]scorn me;
my eye pours out tears to God,
21that he would #[ch. 31:35]argue the case of a man with God,
as#16:21 Hebrew and a son of man does with his neighbor.
22For when a few years have come
I shall go the way #See ch. 10:21from which I shall not return.