Job Replies: Miserable Comforters Are You
1Then Job answered and said:
2“I have heard many such things;
miserable comforters are you all.
3Shall windy words have an end?
Or what provokes you that you answer?
4I also could speak as you do,
if you were in my place;
I could join words together against you
and shake my head at you.
5I could strengthen you with my mouth,
and the solace of my lips would assuage your pain.
6“If I speak, my pain is not assuaged,
and if I forbear, how much of it leaves me?
7Surely now God has worn me out;
he has1 made desolate all my company.
8And he has shriveled me up,
which is a witness against me,
and my leanness has risen up against me;
it testifies to my face.
9He has torn me in his wrath and hated me;
he has gnashed his teeth at me;
my adversary sharpens his eyes against me.
10Men have gaped at me with their mouth;
they have struck me insolently on the cheek;
they mass themselves together against me.
11God gives me up to the ungodly
and casts me into the hands of the wicked.
12I was at ease, and he broke me apart;
he seized me by the neck and dashed me to pieces;
he set me up as his target;
13his archers surround me.
He slashes open my kidneys and does not spare;
he pours out my gall on the ground.
14He breaks me with breach upon breach;
he runs upon me like a warrior.
15I have sewed sackcloth upon my skin
and have laid my strength in the dust.
16My face is red with weeping,
and on my eyelids is deep darkness,
17although there is no violence in my hands,
and my prayer is pure.
18“O earth, cover not my blood,
and let my cry find no resting place.
19Even now, behold, my witness is in heaven,
and he who testifies for me is on high.
20My friends scorn me;
my eye pours out tears to God,
21that he would argue the case of a man with God,
as2 a son of man does with his neighbor.
22For when a few years have come
I shall go the way from which I shall not return.
Job Continues: Where Then Is My Hope?
1“My spirit is broken; my days are extinct;
the graveyard is ready for me.
2Surely there are mockers about me,
and my eye dwells on their provocation.
3“Lay down a pledge for me with you;
who is there who will put up security for me?
4Since you have closed their hearts to understanding,
therefore you will not let them triumph.
5He who informs against his friends to get a share of their property—
the eyes of his children will fail.
6“He has made me a byword of the peoples,
and I am one before whom men spit.
7My eye has grown dim from vexation,
and all my members are like a shadow.
8The upright are appalled at this,
and the innocent stirs himself up against the godless.
9Yet the righteous holds to his way,
and he who has clean hands grows stronger and stronger.
10But you, come on again, all of you,
and I shall not find a wise man among you.
11My days are past; my plans are broken off,
the desires of my heart.
12They make night into day:
‘The light,’ they say, ‘is near to the darkness.’1
13If I hope for Sheol as my house,
if I make my bed in darkness,
14if I say to the pit, ‘You are my father,’
and to the worm, ‘My mother,’ or ‘My sister,’
15where then is my hope?
Who will see my hope?
16Will it go down to the bars of Sheol?
Shall we descend together into the dust?”
- 1 17:12 The meaning of the Hebrew is uncertain
Scripture taken from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. Copyright ©2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved. Text provided by the Crossway Bibles Web Service.