But now they that are younger than I hold me in derision, whose fathers I would have disdained to have set with the dogs of my flock. Yea, how might the strength of their hands profit me, in whom vigor has perished? From want and famine they are gaunt; fleeing of late into the wilderness, desolate and waste. read more.
Who pick mallows by the bushes, and juniper roots for their food. They were driven forth from among men, (they cried after them as after a thief;) To dwell in the clefts of the valleys, in caves of the earth, and in the rocks. Among the bushes they brayed; under the nettles they were gathered together. They were children of fools, yea, children of base men: they were viler than the earth. And now am I their song, yea, I am their byword. They abhor me, they flee far from me, and hesitate not to spit in my face.
But you are forgers of lies, you are all physicians of no value. O that you would altogether hold your peace! and it should be your wisdom. Hear now my reasoning, and hearken to the pleadings of my lips. read more.
Will you speak wickedly for God? and talk deceitfully for him? Will you accept his person? will you contend for God? Is it good that he should search you out? or as one man mocks another, do you so mock him? He will surely reprove you, if you do secretly show partiality. Shall not his excellence make you afraid? and his dread fall upon you? Your proverbs are like unto ashes, your defenses are defenses of clay. Hold your peace, let me alone, that I may speak, and let come on me what will.
Then Job answered and said, I have heard many such things: miserable comforters are you all. Shall vain words have an end? or what emboldens you that you answer? read more.
I also could speak as you do: if your soul were in my soul's place, I could heap up words against you, and shake my head at you.
Are there not mockers with me? and does not my eye continue in their provocation?
Then Job answered and said, How long will you torment my soul, and break me in pieces with words? These ten times have you reproached me: you are not ashamed that you have wronged me. read more.
And if indeed I have erred, my error remains with myself. If indeed you will magnify yourselves against me, and plead against me my reproach: