Job 16



Job's Fifth Speech

1 Then Job answered,

1 Then Job answered and said,

1 In response, Job said:

1 Then Job answered,

2 "I have heard many such things; Sorry comforters are you all.

2 I have heard many such things: miserable comforters are ye all.

2 "I've heard many things like this. What miserable comforters you all are!

2 I have heard many such things; wearisome and miserable comforters are you all!

3 "Is there no limit to windy words? Or what plagues you that you answer?

3 Shall vain words have an end? or what emboldeneth thee that thou answerest?

3 Will windy words like yours never end? What is upsetting you that you keep on arguing?

3 Will your futile words of wind have no end? Or what makes you so bold to answer [me like this]?

4 "I too could speak like you, If I were in your place. I could compose words against you And shake my head at you.

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

4 "I could also talk like you if only you were in my place! Then I would put together an argument against you. I would shake my head at you

4 I also could speak as you do, if you were in my stead; I could join words together against you and shake my head at you.

5 "I could strengthen you with my mouth, And the solace of my lips could lessen your pain.

5 But I would strengthen you with my mouth, and the moving of my lips should asswage your grief.

5 and encourage you with what I have to say; my words of comfort would lessen your pain.

5 [But] I would strengthen and encourage you with [the words of] my mouth, and the consolation of my lips would soothe your suffering.

6 "If I speak, my pain is not lessened, And if I hold back, what has left me?

6 Though I speak, my grief is not asswaged: and though I forbear, what am I eased?

6 "But if I speak, my pain isn't assuaged; if I refrain from speaking, what do I have to lose?"

6 If I speak [to you miserable comforters], my sorrow is not soothed or lessened; and if I refrain [from speaking], in what way am I eased? [I hardly know whether to answer you or be silent.]

7 "But now He has exhausted me; You have laid waste all my company.

7 But now he hath made me weary: thou hast made desolate all my company.

7 "God has certainly worn me out; you devastated my entire world.

7 But now [God] has taken away my strength. You [O Lord] have made desolate all my family and associates.

8 "You have shriveled me up, It has become a witness; And my leanness rises up against me, It testifies to my face.

8 And thou hast filled me with wrinkles, which is a witness against me: and my leanness rising up in me beareth witness to my face.

8 You've arrested me, making me testify against myself! My leanness rises up to attack me, accusing me to my face.

8 You have laid firm hold on me and have shriveled me up, which is a witness against me; and my leanness [and wretched state of body] are further evidence [against me]; [they] testify to my face.

Job Describes What God Has Done To Him

9 "His anger has torn me and hunted me down, He has gnashed at me with His teeth; My adversary glares at me.

9 He teareth me in his wrath, who hateth me: he gnasheth upon me with his teeth; mine enemy sharpeneth his eyes upon me.

9 His anger tears me in his persistent resentment against me; he gnashes his teeth at me. My adversary glares at me.

9 [ My adversary Satan] has torn [me] in his wrath and hated and persecuted me; he has gnashed upon me with his teeth; my adversary sharpens his eyes against me.

10 "They have gaped at me with their mouth, They have slapped me on the cheek with contempt; They have massed themselves against me.

10 They have gaped upon me with their mouth; they have smitten me upon the cheek reproachfully; they have gathered themselves together against me.

10 People gaped at me with mouths wide open; they slap me in their scorn and gather together against me.

10 [The forces of evil] have gaped at me with their mouths; they have struck me upon the cheek insolently; they massed themselves together and conspired unanimously against me.

11 "God hands me over to ruffians And tosses me into the hands of the wicked.

11 God hath delivered me to the ungodly, and turned me over into the hands of the wicked.

11 God has delivered me over to the ungodly, throwing me into the control of the wicked.

11 God has delivered me to the ungodly (to the evil one) and cast me [headlong] into the hands of the wicked (Satan's host).

Everything Was Going Well

12 "I was at ease, but He shattered me, And He has grasped me by the neck and shaken me to pieces; He has also set me up as His target.

12 I was at ease, but he hath broken me asunder: he hath also taken me by my neck, and shaken me to pieces, and set me up for his mark.

12 "He tore me apart when I was at ease; grabbing me by my neck, he shook me to pieces then he really made me his target.

12 I was living at ease, but [Satan] crushed me and broke me apart; yes, he seized me by the neck and dashed me in pieces; then he set me up for his target.

13 "His arrows surround me Without mercy He splits my kidneys open; He pours out my gall on the ground.

13 His archers compass me round about, he cleaveth my reins asunder, and doth not spare; he poureth out my gall upon the ground.

13 His archers surround me, slashing open my kidneys without pity; he pours out my gall on the ground.

13 [Satan's] arrows whiz around me. He slashes open my vitals and does not spare; he pours out my gall on the ground.

14 "He breaks through me with breach after breach; He runs at me like a warrior.

14 He breaketh me with breach upon breach, he runneth upon me like a giant.

14 Attack follows attack as he breaks through my defenses! He runs over me like a mighty warrior.

14 [Satan] stabs me, making breach after breach and attacking again and again; he runs at me like a giant and irresistible warrior.

15 "I have sewed sackcloth over my skin And thrust my horn in the dust.

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

15 "I've even sewn sackcloth directly to my skin; I've buried my strength in the dust.

15 I have sewed sackcloth over my skin [as a sign of mourning] and have defiled my horn (my insignia of strength) in the dust.

16 "My face is flushed from weeping, And deep darkness is on my eyelids,

16 My face is foul with weeping, and on my eyelids is the shadow of death;

16 My face is red from my tears, and dark shadows encircle my eyelids,

16 My face is red and swollen with weeping, and on my eyelids is the shadow of death [my eyes are dimmed],

17 Although there is no violence in my hands, And my prayer is pure.

17 Not for any injustice in mine hands: also my prayer is pure.

17 even though violence is not my intention, and my prayer is pure."

17 Although there is no guilt or violence in my hands and my prayer is pure.

Job Appeals His Case To Heaven

18 "O earth, do not cover my blood, And let there be no resting place for my cry.

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

18 "Listen, earth! Don't cover my blood, for my outcry has no place to rest.

18 O earth, cover not my blood, and let my cry have no resting-place [where it will cease being heard].

19 "Even now, behold, my witness is in heaven, And my advocate is on high.

19 Also now, behold, my witness is in heaven, and my record is on high.

19 Even now, behold! I have a witness in heaven, my Advocate is on high.

19 Even now, behold, my Witness is in heaven, and He who vouches for me is on high.

20 "My friends are my scoffers; My eye weeps to God.

20 My friends scorn me: but mine eye poureth out tears unto God.

20 My friends mock me, while my eyes overflow with tears to God,

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

21 "O that a man might plead with God As a man with his neighbor!

21 O that one might plead for a man with God, as a man pleadeth for his neighbour!

21 crying for him to arbitrate between this man and God; as a human being does with his fellow neighbor.

21 Oh, that there might be one who would plead for a man with God and that he would maintain his right with Him, as a son of man pleads with or for his neighbor!

22 "For when a few years are past, I shall go the way of no return.

22 When a few years are come, then I shall go the way whence I shall not return.

22 For when only a few years have elapsed, I'll start down a path from which I'll never return."

22 For when a few years are come, I shall go the way from which I shall not return.



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