16 Then Job replied:
3 Will your long-winded speeches never end?n
What ails you that you keep on arguing?o
if you were in my place;
I could make fine speeches against you
and shake my headp at you.
and if I refrain, it does not go away.s
7 Surely, God, you have worn me out;t
you have devastated my entire household.u
and gnashes his teeth at me;z
my opponent fastens on me his piercing eyes.a
they strike my cheekd in scorn
and unite together against me.e
and thrown me into the clutches of the wicked.f
he seized me by the neck and crushed me.g
He has made me his target;h
13 his archers surround me.i
Without pity, he piercesj my kidneys
and spills my gall on the ground.
14 Again and againk he bursts upon me;
he rushes at me like a warrior.l
15 “I have sewed sackclothm over my skin
and buried my brow in the dust.n
16 My face is red with weeping,o
dark shadows ring my eyes;p
17 yet my hands have been free of violenceq
and my prayer is pure.r
18 “Earth, do not cover my blood;s
my advocate is on high.x
21 on behalf of a man he pleadsc with God
as one pleads for a friend.
before I take the path of no return.d
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