Job

Job 16 ©

1Job reproveth his friends of inhumanity toward him: 7he pathetically describeth his unhappy case; 17still protesting his innocence, for which he maketh appeal to God.

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THEN Job answered and said,

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I have heard many asuch things: 1miserable comforters are ye all.

a ch. 12.3.
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Shall 2vain words have an end? or what emboldeneth thee that thou answerest?

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I also bcould speak as ye do: if your soul were in my soul's *stead, I could heap up words against you, and cshake mine head at you.

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But dI would strengthen you with my mouth, and the moving of my lips should *asswage your grief.

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Though I speak, emy grief is not *asswaged: and though I forbear, 3what am I eased?

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But now he hath made me fweary: thou hast gmade desolate all hmy company.

g ch. 1.18,19.
h ch. 1.15-19.
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And thou ihast filled me with wrinkles, which is a witness against me: and my jleanness rising up in me beareth witness to my face.

i Pr. 17.22. ch. 10.17. La. 3.4. ch. 15.27. Ep. 5.27.
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He kteareth me in his wrath, who hateth me: lhe gnasheth upon me with his teeth; mine enemy msharpeneth his eyes upon me.

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They nhave gaped upon me with their mouth; they have smitten me upon the cheek reproachfully; they have gathered themselves together against me.

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God 4hath odelivered me to the ungodly, and turned me over into the hands of the wicked.

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I was pat ease, but he hath broken me *asunder: he hath also taken me by my neck, and shaken me to pieces, and qset me up for his mark.

p ch. 1; 2; 29.
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His rarchers *compass me round about, he cleaveth my *reins *asunder, and doth not spare; he spoureth out my gall upon the ground.

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He tbreaketh me with ubreach upon breach, he runneth upon me like a giant.

u ch. 30.14.
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I have vsewed sackcloth upon my skin, and wdefiled my horn in the dust.

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xMy face is foul with weeping, and on my eyelids is the shadow of death;

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Not yfor any injustice in mine hands: also my prayer zis pure.

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O aearth, bcover not thou my blood, and let my ccry have no place.

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Also now, behold, dmy witness is in heaven, and my record is 5on high.

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My friends 6scorn me: but mine eye poureth out tears unto God.

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O that one might eplead for a man with God, as a man pleadeth for his 7neighbour!

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When 8a few years are come, then I shall go the way fwhence I shall not return.