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Job 16 (asv)

Job 16 (asv)

16:1Then Job answered and said,

16:2I have heard many such things:

Miserable comforters are ye all.

16:3Shall vain words have an end?

Or what provoketh thee that thou answerest?

16:4I also could speak as ye do;

If your soul were in my soul's stead,

I could join words together against you,

And shake my head at you.

16:5But I would strengthen you with my mouth,

And the solace of my lips would assuage your grief.

16:6Though I speak, my grief is not assuaged;

And though I forbear, what am I eased?

16:7But now he hath made me weary:

Thou hast made desolate all my company.

16:8And thou hast laid fast hold on me, which is a witness against me:

And my leanness riseth up against me,

It testifieth to my face.

16:9He hath torn me in his wrath, and persecuted me;

He hath gnashed upon me with his teeth:

Mine adversary sharpeneth his eyes upon me.

16:10They have gaped upon me with their mouth;

They have smitten me upon the cheek reproachfully:

They gather themselves together against me.

16:11God delivereth me to the ungodly,

And casteth me into the hands of the wicked.

16:12I was at ease, and he brake me asunder;

Yea, he hath taken me by the neck, and dashed me to pieces:

He hath also set me up for his mark.

16:13His archers compass me round about;

He cleaveth my reins asunder, and doth not spare;

He poureth out my gall upon the ground.

16:14He breaketh me with breach upon breach;

He runneth upon me like a giant.

16:15I have sewed sackcloth upon my skin,

And have laid my horn in the dust.

16:16My face is red with weeping,

And on my eyelids is the shadow of death;

16:17Although there is no violence in my hands,

And my prayer is pure. \\ \\

16:18O earth, cover not thou my blood,

And let my cry have no resting -place.

16:19Even now, behold, my witness is in heaven,

And he that voucheth for me is on high.

16:20My friends scoff at me:

But mine eye poureth out tears unto God,

16:21That he would maintain the right of a man with God,

And of a son of man with his neighbor!

16:22For when a few years are come,

I shall go the way whence I shall not return.


Preceding Entry: Job 15
Following Entry: Job 17