I have heard many such things: miserable comforters are ye all.
Shall vain words have an end? or what emboldeneth thee that thou answerest?
Heb. words of wind.
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.
if your soul
But I would strengthen you with my mouth, and the moving of my lips should asswage your grief.
But I would
Though I speak, my grief is not asswaged: and though I forbear, what am I eased?
what am I eased
Heb. what goeth from me.
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.
And thou hast, etc
Some render, "thou has fettered me," as kamat signifies in Arabic; but as it signifies in Syriac to be wrinkled, the common version seems, from the connexion, to be more correct; and if Job's disease were the elephantiasis, these words would apply most forcibly to the wrinkled state of the skin in that disorder.
is a witness
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.
they have smitten
God hath delivered me to the ungodly, and turned me over into the hands of the wicked.
Heb. shut me up.
to the ungodly
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.
by my neck
set me up
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.
defiled my horn
My face is foul with weeping, and on my eyelids is the shadow of death;
on my eyelids
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.
let my cry
Also now, behold, my witness is in heaven, and my record is on high.
Heb. in the high places.
My friends scorn me: but mine eye poureth out tears unto God.
Heb. are my scorners.
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.
a few years
Heb. years of number.