Job reproveth his friends of unmercifulness.
Job 16:1 And Job answereth and saith: Job 16:2 I have heard many such things, Miserable comforters [are] ye all. Job 16:3 Is there an end to words of wind? Or what doth embolden thee that thou answerest? Job 16:4 I also, like you, might speak, If your soul were in my soul's stead. I might join against you with words, And nod at you with my head. Job 16:5 I might harden you with my mouth, And the moving of my lips might be sparing. Job 16:6 If I speak, my pain is not restrained, And I ceasewhat goeth from me?
He sheweth the pitifulness of his case.
Job 16:7 Only, now, it hath wearied me; Thou hast desolated all my company, Job 16:8 And Thou dost loathe me, For a witness it hath been, And rise up against me doth my failure, In my face it testifieth. Job 16:9 His anger hath torn, and he hateth me, He hath gnashed at me with his teeth, My adversary sharpeneth his eyes for me. Job 16:10 They have gaped on me with their mouth, In reproach they have smitten my cheeks, Together against me they set themselves. Job 16:11 God shutteth me up unto the perverse, And to the hands of the wicked turneth me over. Job 16:12 At ease I have been, and he breaketh me, And he hath laid hold on my neck, And he breaketh me in pieces, And he raiseth me to him for a mark. Job 16:13 Go round against me do his archers. He splitteth my reins, and spareth not, He poureth out to the earth my gall. Job 16:14 He breaketh mebreach upon breach, He runneth upon me as a mighty one. Job 16:15 Sackcloth I have sewed on my skin, And have rolled in the dust my horn. Job 16:16 My face is foul with weeping, And on mine eyelids [is] death-shade.
He maintaineth his innocency.
Job 16:17 Not for violence in my hands, And my prayer [is] pure. Job 16:18 O earth, do not thou cover my blood! And let there not be a place for my cry. Job 16:19 Also, now, lo, in the heavens [is] my witness, And my testifier in the high places. Job 16:20 My interpreter [is] my friend, Unto God hath mine eye dropped: Job 16:21 And he reasoneth for a man with God, And a son of man for his friend. Job 16:22 When a few years do come, Then a path I return not do I go.