Job 16

1Then Job answered, 2“I have heard all these things before. You three men give me trouble, not comfort. 3Your long speeches never end! Why do you continue arguing? 4I also could say the same things you say, if you had my troubles. I could say wise things against you and shake my head at you. 5But I could encourage you and give you hope with the things I say. 6“Nothing I say makes my pain go away. But keeping quiet doesn’t help either! 7Truly, God, you took away my strength. You destroyed my whole family. 8You have made me thin and weak, and people think that means I am guilty. 9“God attacks me, he is angry at me and tears my body apart. God grinds his teeth against me. My enemy looks at me with hate. 10People have crowded around me. They make fun of me and slap my face. 11God has given me to evil people. He let wicked people hurt me. 12Everything was fine with me, but then God crushed me! Yes, he took me by the neck and broke me into pieces! God used me for target practice. 13God’s archers are all around me. He shoots arrows in my kidneys. He shows no mercy. He spills my gall on the ground. 14Again and again God attacks me. He runs at me like a soldier in battle. 15“I am very sad, so I wear these clothes of sadness. I sit here in the dust and ashes, and I feel defeated. 16My face is red from crying. There are dark rings around my eyes. 17I was never cruel to anyone ˻but these bad things happened to me˼. My prayers are right and pure. 18“Earth, don’t hide the wrong things that were done to me. Don’t let my begging for fairness be stopped. 19Even now there is someone in heaven that will speak for me. There is someone above that will testify for me. 20My friend speaks for me while my eyes pour out tears to God. 21He speaks to God for me like a person arguing for his friend. 22“In only a few years I will go to that place of no return ˻(death)˼.

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