Job reproveth his friends of unmercifulness.
Job 16:1 Then Job answered and said, Job 16:2 I have heard many such things: miserable comforters [are] ye all. Job 16:3 Shall vain words have an end? or what emboldeneth thee that thou answerest? Job 16:4 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 my head at you. Job 16:5 [But] I would strengthen you with my mouth and the moving of my lips should assuage [your grief]. Job 16:6 Though I speak, my grief is not assuaged: and [though] I forbear, what am I eased?
He sheweth the pitifulness of his case.
Job 16:7 But now he hath made me weary: thou hast made desolate all my company. Job 16:8 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. Job 16:9 He teareth [me] in his wrath, who hateth me: he gnasheth upon me with his teeth; my enemy sharpeneth his eyes upon me. Job 16:10 They have gaped upon me with their mouth; they have smitten me upon the cheek reproachfully; they have gathered themselves against me. Job 16:11 God hath delivered me to the ungodly, and turned me over into the hands of the wicked. Job 16:12 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. Job 16:13 His archers encompass me; he cleaveth my reins asunder, and doth not spare; he poureth out my gall upon the ground. Job 16:14 He breaketh me with breach upon breach, he runneth upon me like a giant. Job 16:15 I have sewed sackcloth upon my skin, and defiled my horn in the dust. Job 16:16 My face is foul with weeping, and on my eyelids [are] the shades of death;
He maintaineth his innocency.
Job 16:17 Not for [any] injustice in my hands: also my prayer [is] pure. Job 16:18 O earth, cover not thou my blood, and let my cry have no place. Job 16:19 Also now, behold, my witness [is] in heaven, and my record [is] on high. Job 16:20 My friends scorn me: [but] my eye poureth out [tears] to God. Job 16:21 O that one might plead for a man with God, as a man [pleadeth] for his neighbor! Job 16:22 When a few years are come, then I shall go the way [whence] I shall not return.