NASB — Job 16 — KJV

Job Says Friends Are Sorry Comforters

1 Then Job Ianswered,
  2 “I have heard many such things;
  IaSorry comforters are you all.
  3 “Is there [no] limit to awindy words?
  Or what plagues you that you answer?
  4 “I too could speak like you,
  If II were in your place.
  I could compose words against you
  And ashake my head at you.
  5 “I could strengthen you with my mouth,
  And the solace of my lips could lessen [your pain].

[1] ILit answered and said
[2] ILit Comforters of trouble aJb 13:4; 21:34
[3] aJb 6:26
[4] ILit your soul were in place of my soul aPs 22:7; 109:25; Zp 2:15; Mt 27:39

Job Says God Shattered Him

  6 ¶ “If I speak, amy pain is not lessened,
  And if I hold back, what has left me?
  7 “But now He has aexhausted me;
  You have laid bwaste all my company.
  8 “You have shriveled me up,
  aIt has become a witness;
  And my bleanness rises up against me,
  It testifies to my face.
  9 “His anger has atorn me and Ihunted me down,
  He has bgnashed at me with His teeth;
  My cadversary IIglares at me.
  10 “They have agaped at me with their mouth,
  They have Ibslapped me on the cheek with contempt;
  They have cmassed themselves against me.
  11 “God hands me over to ruffians
  And tosses me into the hands of the wicked.
  12 “I was at ease, but aHe shattered me,
  And He has grasped me by the neck and shaken me to pieces;
  He has also set me up as His btarget.
  13 “His aarrows surround me.
  Without mercy He splits my kidneys open;
  He pours out bmy gall on the ground.
  14 “He abreaks through me with breach after breach;
  He bruns at me like a warrior.
  15 “I have sewed asackcloth over my skin
  And bthrust my horn in the dust.
  16 “My face is flushed from aweeping,
  bAnd deep darkness is on my eyelids,
  17 Although there is no aviolence in my hands,
  And bmy prayer is pure.

[6] aJb 9:27, 28
[7] aJb 7:3 bJb 16:20; 19:13-15
[8] aJb 10:17 bJb 19:20; Ps 109:24
[9] ILit borne a grudge against me IILit sharpens his eyes aJb 19:11; Ho 6:1 bPs 35:16; Lm 2:16; Ac 7:54 cJb 13:24; 33:10
[10] ILit struck aPs 22:13 bIs 50:6; Lm 3:30; Ac 23:2 cJb 30:12; Ps 35:15
[12] aJb 9:17 bJb 7:20; Lm 3:12
[13] aJb 6:4; 19:12; 25:3 bJb 20:25
[14] aJb 9:17 bJol 2:7
[15] aGn 37:34; Ps 69:11 bPs 7:5
[16] aJb 16:20 bJb 24:17
[17] aIs 59:6; Jna 3:8 bJb 27:4

  18 ¶ “O earth, do not cover my blood,
  And let there be no [resting] place for my cry.
  19 “Even now, behold, amy witness is in heaven,
  And my Iadvocate is bon high.
  20 “My friends are my scoffers;
  aMy eye Iweeps to God.
  21 “O that a man might plead with God
  As a man with his neighbor!
  22 “For when a few years are past,
  I shall go the way aof no return.

[19] IOr witness aGn 31:50; Jb 19:25-27; Ro 1:9; Php 1:8; 1Th 2:5 bJb 31:2
[20] IOr drips aJb 17:7
[22] aJb 3:13


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Job reproveth his friends of unmercifulness.

1 ¶ Then Job answered and said, 2 I have heard many such things: miserable comforters [are] ye all. 3 Shall vain words have an end? or what emboldeneth thee that thou answerest? 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 mine head at you. 5 [But] I would strengthen you with my mouth, and the moving of my lips should asswage [your grief]. 6 Though I speak, my grief is not asswaged: and [though] I forbear, what am I eased?

[2] Jb 6:6, 25; 11:2; 13:4, 5; 19:2; 26:2; Ps 69:26; Php 1:16; Jm 1:19.
[3] Jb 6:26; 8:2; 15:2; 20:3; 32:3; Mt 22:46; Tit 1:11; 2:8.
[4] 2K 19:21; Jb 6:2, 14; 11:2; 35:16; Ps 22:7; 44:14; 109:25; Pv 10:19; Ec 10:14; Jr 18:16; Lm 2:15; Mt 7:12; 27:39; Ro 12:15; 1Co 12:26.
[5] Jb 4:3; 6:14; 29:25; Ps 27:14; Pv 27:9, 17; Is 35:3; Ga 6:1.
[6] Jb 10:1; Ps 77:1; 88:15.

He sheweth the pitifulness of his case.

7 But now he hath made me weary: thou hast made desolate all my company. 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. 9 He teareth [me] in his wrath, who hateth me: he gnasheth upon me with his teeth; mine enemy sharpeneth his eyes upon me. 10 They have gaped upon me with their mouth; they have smitten me upon the cheek reproachfully; they have gathered themselves together against me. 11 God hath delivered me to the ungodly, and turned me over into the hands of the wicked. 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. 13 His archers compass me round about, he cleaveth my reins asunder, and doth not spare; he poureth out my gall upon the ground. 14 He breaketh me with breach upon breach, he runneth upon me like a giant. 15 I have sewed sackcloth upon my skin, and defiled my horn in the dust. 16 My face is foul with weeping, and on my eyelids [is] the shadow of death;

[7] Jb 1:15; 3:17; 7:3, 16; 10:1; 29:5; Ps 6:6; Pv 3:11; Is 50:4; Mi 6:13.
[8] Ru 1:21; Jb 10:17; Ps 106:15; Is 10:16; 24:16; Ep 5:27.
[9] Jb 10:16; 13:24, 27; 18:4; 19:11; Ps 35:16; 37:12; 50:22; Lm 2:16; 3:10; Ho 5:14; Mi 7:8.
[10] 1K 22:24; 2Ch 18:23; Ps 22:13, 16; 35:15, 21; 94:21; Is 50:6; Lm 3:30; Mi 5:1; Mt 26:67; Lk 23:35; Jn 18:22; Ac 4:27; 23:2; 2Co 11:20.
[11] 1S 24:18; Jb 1:13; 2:7; Ps 7:14; 27:12; 31:8; Jn 19:16; Ro 11:32; 2Co 12:7.
[12] Jb 1:2; 3:26; 4:10; 7:12, 20; 15:26; 29:3, 18; Ps 44:19; Lm 3:4, 11, 12; Ezk 29:7; Mt 21:44; Ro 16:4.
[13] Gn 49:23; Dt 29:20; Jb 6:4, 10; 19:27; 20:25; Ps 7:12; Lm 2:11; 3:13; Ezk 5:11; Ro 8:32; 2P 2:5.
[14] Jg 15:8; Ps 42:7; Lm 3:3.
[15] 1S 2:10; 1K 21:27; Jb 30:19; Ps 7:5; 75:5, 10; Is 22:12.
[16] Jb 17:7; Ps 6:6; 31:9; 32:3; 69:3; 102:3, 9; 116:3; Is 52:14; Lm 1:16; Jna 2:1; Mk 14:34.

He maintaineth his innocency.

17 Not for [any] injustice in mine hands: also my prayer [is] pure. 18 O earth, cover not thou my blood, and let my cry have no place. 19 Also now, behold, my witness [is] in heaven, and my record [is] on high. 20 My friends scorn me: [but] mine eye poureth out [tears] unto God. 21 O that one might plead for a man with God, as a man [pleadeth] for his neighbour! 22 When a few years are come, then I shall go the way [whence] I shall not return.

[17] Jb 8:5; 11:14; 15:20, 34; 21:27; 22:5; 27:6; 29:12; 31:1; Ps 7:3; 44:17; 66:18; Pv 15:8; 1Ti 2:8.
[18] Gn 4:11; Ne 4:5; Jb 27:9; Ps 66:18; Is 1:15; 26:21; 58:9; Jr 22:29; Ezk 24:7; Jm 4:3.
[19] 1S 12:5; Jb 25:2; Ps 113:5; Ro 1:9; 9:1; 2Co 1:23; 11:31; 1Th 2:10.
[20] Jb 12:4; 16:4; 17:2; Ps 109:4; 142:2; Ho 12:4; Lk 6:11; He 5:7.
[21] Jb 9:34; 13:3, 22; 23:3; 31:35; 40:1; Ec 6:10; Is 45:9; Ro 9:20.
[22] Jb 7:9; 14:5, 10, 14; Ec 12:5.


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