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Then Job answered and said, I have heard many such things: miserable comforters are ye all. Shall vain words have an end? or what emboldeneth thee that thou answerest? 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. But I would strengthen you with my mouth, and the moving of my lips should asswage your grief. Though I speak, my grief is not asswaged: and though I forbear, what am I eased? But now he hath made me weary: thou hast made desolate all my company. 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. He teareth me in his wrath, who hateth me: he gnasheth upon me with his teeth; mine enemy sharpeneth his eyes upon me. They have gaped upon me with their mouth; they have smitten me upon the cheek reproachfully; they have gathered themselves together against me. God hath delivered me to the ungodly, and turned me over into the hands of the wicked. 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. His archers compass me round about, he cleaveth my reins asunder, and doth not spare; he poureth out my gall upon the ground. He breaketh me with breach upon breach, he runneth upon me like a giant. I have sewed sackcloth upon my skin, and defiled my horn in the dust. My face is foul with weeping, and on my eyelids is the shadow of death; Not for any injustice in mine hands: also my prayer is pure. O earth, cover not thou my blood, and let my cry have no place. Also now, behold, my witness is in heaven, and my record is on high. My friends scorn me: but mine eye poureth out tears unto God.  O that one might plead for a man with God, as a man pleadeth for his neighbour! When a few years are come, then I shall go the way whence I shall not return.” — Job 16:1-3 (KJV)

I am going to share another version of this same scripture for those of you who might be having a hard time with the way the one above is written. I hope that you find something meaningful and helpful during this visit and may God guide you in all you do. Thank you for stopping by and for reading 🙂

“And Job proceeded to answer and say: I have heard many things like these. All of ​YOU​ are troublesome comforters! Is there an end to windy words? Or what galls you, that you answer. I myself also could well speak as ​YOU​ men do. If only ​YOUR​ souls existed where my soul is, Would I be brilliant in words against ​YOU, And would I wag my head against ​YOU? I would strengthen ​YOU​ with the words of my mouth, And the consolation of my own lips would hold back—. If I do speak, my own pain is not held back, And if I do cease doing so, what goes away from me? Only now he has made me weary; He has made all those assembling with me desolate. You also seize me. It has become a witness, So that my leanness rises up against me. In my face it testifies. His very anger has torn [me] to pieces, and he harbors animosity against me. He actually grinds his teeth against me. My adversary himself sharpens his eyes against me. They have opened their mouth wide against me, With reproach they have struck my cheeks, In large number they mass themselves against me. God hands me over to young boys, And into the hands of wicked ones he throws me headlong. I had come to be at ease, but he proceeded to shake me up. And he grabbed me by the back of the neck and proceeded to smash me, And he sets me up as a target for himself. His archers encircle me. He splits open my kidneys and feels no compassion; He pours out my gallbladder to the very earth. He keeps breaking through me with breach after breach; He runs at me like a mighty one. Sackcloth I have sewed together over my skin, And I have thrust my horn in the very dust. My face itself has become reddened from weeping, And upon my eyelids there is deep shadow, Although there is no violence upon my palms, And my prayer is pure. O earth, do not cover my blood! And let there prove to be no place for my outcry! Also now, look! in the heavens is one testifying about me, And my witness is in the heights. My companions are spokesmen against me; To God my eye has looked sleeplessly. And the decision is to be made between an able‐bodied man and God, The same as between a son of man and his fellow. For just a few years are to come, And by the path by which I shall not return I shall go away.” — Job 16:1-23 (New World Translation)

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