1 Then Job answered and said,
2 Many times I have heard such things; miserable comforters [are] ye all.
3 Shall vain words have an end? Or what is it that emboldens thee to answer?
4 I also could speak as ye [do]. I wish your soul were in my soul's stead, that I could heap up words against you and shake my head at you.
5 [But] I would strengthen you with my mouth, and the consolation of my lips would assuage [the pain].
6 Though if I speak, my pain does not cease; and if I forbear [to speak], it does not depart from me.
7 But now he has 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 bears witness to my face.
9 His wrath has torn me and has been against me; he gnashed upon me with his teeth; my enemy sharpened his eyes upon me.
10 They have opened their mouth against me; they have smitten me upon the cheek reproachfully; they have gathered themselves together against me.
11 God has delivered me unto the liar, and in the hands of the wicked he has caused me to tremble.
12 I was prosperous, but he has broken me asunder; he has taken [me] by my neck and shaken me to pieces and set me up for his mark.
13 His archers compassed me round about; he cleaved my kidneys asunder and did not spare; he poured out my gall upon the ground.
14 He broke me with breach upon breach; he ran upon me like a giant.
15 I have sewn sackcloth upon my skin and put dust over my head.
16 My face is foul with weeping, and on my eyelids [is] the shadow of death,
17 even though there is no injustice in my hands, and my prayer [has been] pure.
18 O earth, do not cover my blood; and let there be no place [where] my cry [is hidden].
19 Certainly my witness [is] even now in the heavens, and my record [is] on high.
20 Those who dispute with me are my friends, [but] my eyes shall pour out [tears] unto God.
21 O that a man might dispute with God, as he can with his neighbour!
22 When the counted years are come, then I shall go the way from which I shall not return.: