16 Job said in reply:
2 “I have heard many things like these before.
All of you are troublesome comforters!+
3 Is there an end to empty* words?
What provokes you to answer this way?
4 I could also speak as you do.
5 Instead, though, I would strengthen you with the words of my mouth,
And the consolation of my lips would bring relief.+
8 You also seize me, and it has become a witness,
So that my own skinniness rises up and testifies to my face.
9 His anger has torn me to pieces, and he harbors animosity against me.+
He grinds his teeth against me.
My adversary pierces me with his eyes.+
10 They have opened their mouth wide against me,+
And they have scornfully struck my cheeks;
In large numbers they gather against me.+
12 I was untroubled, but he shattered me;+
He grabbed me by the back of the neck and crushed me;
Then he set me up as his target.
He pierces my kidneys+ and feels no compassion;
He pours out my gall on the earth.
14 He breaks through against me with breach after breach;
He rushes at me like a warrior.
16 My face is red from weeping,+
And on my eyelids is deep shadow,*
17 Although my hands have done no violence
And my prayer is pure.
18 O earth, do not cover my blood!+
And let there be no resting-place for my outcry!
19 Even now, my witness is in the heavens;
The one who can testify for me is in the heights.