Job 16:12-22 - Everything Was Going Well
“I was [living] at ease, but He crushed me and broke me apart,
And He has seized me by the neck and has shaken me to pieces;
He has also set me up as His target.
“His arrows surround me.
He pierces my kidneys (vital organs) without mercy;
He pours out my gall on the ground.
“He attacks me, making wound after wound;
He runs at me like a warrior.
“I have sewed sackcloth over my skin [as a sign of mourning]
And have defiled my horn (symbol of strength) in the dust.
“My face is red and swollen with weeping,
And on my eyelids is the shadow of death [my eyes are dimmed],
Although there is no violence or wrongdoing in my hands,
And my prayer is pure.
“O earth, do not cover my blood,
And let there be no [resting] place for my cry [where it will cease being heard].
“Even now, behold, my Witness is in heaven,
And my Advocate [who vouches and testifies for me] is on high.
“My friends are scoffers [who ridicule];
My eye pours out tears to God.
“Oh, that a man would mediate and plead with God [for me]
Just as a man [mediates and pleads] with his neighbor and friend.
“For when a few years are past,
I shall go the way of no return.