Job reproveth his friends of unmercifulness.
Job 16:1 Bvt Iob answered, and said, Job 16:2 I haue oft times heard such things: miserable comforters are ye all. Job 16:3 Shall there be none ende of wordes of winde? or what maketh thee bold so to answere? Job 16:4 I could also speake as yee doe: (but woulde God your soule were in my soules stead) I could keepe you company in speaking, and could shake mine head at you, Job 16:5 But I woulde strengthen you with my mouth, and the comfort of my lips should asswage your sorowe. Job 16:6 Though I speake, my sorow can not be asswaged: though I cease, what release haue I?
He sheweth the pitifulness of his case.
Job 16:7 But now hee maketh mee wearie: O God, thou hast made all my congregation desolate, Job 16:8 And hast made me full of wrinkles which is a witnesse thereof, and my leannes ryseth vp in me, testifying the same in my face. Job 16:9 His wrath hath torne me, and hee hateth me, and gnasheth vpon mee with his teeth: mine enemie hath sharpened his eyes against me. Job 16:10 They haue opened their mouthes vpon me, and smitten me on the cheeke in reproch; they gather themselues together against me. Job 16:11 God hath deliuered me to the vniust, and hath made mee to turne out of the way by the hands of the wicked. Job 16:12 I was in welth, but he hath brought me to nought: he hath taken me by the necke, and beaten me, and set me as a marke for himselfe. Job 16:13 His archers compasse mee rounde about: he cutteth my reines, and doth not spare, & powreth my gall vpon the ground. Job 16:14 He hath broken me with one breaking vpon another, and runneth vpon me like a gyant. Job 16:15 I haue sowed a sackcloth vpon my skinne, and haue abased mine horne vnto the dust. Job 16:16 My face is withered with weeping, and the shadow of death is vpon mine eyes,
He maintaineth his innocency.
Job 16:17 Though there be no wickednesse in mine hands, and my prayer be pure. Job 16:18 O earth, couer not thou my blood, & let my crying finde no place. Job 16:19 For lo, now my witnesse is in the heauen, and my record is on hie. Job 16:20 My friends speake eloquently against me: but mine eye powreth out teares vnto God. Job 16:21 Oh that a man might pleade with God, as man with his neighbour! Job 16:22 For the yeeres accounted come, and I shal go the way, whence I shall not returne.