Day 072

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Day 072

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English Standard Version (ESV)

King James Version (KJV)

Job 16:1-17:16

16:1Then Job answered and said, 16:2I have heard many such things: miserable comforters are ye all. 16:3Shall vain words have an end? or what emboldeneth thee that thou answerest? 16:4I 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. 16:5But I would strengthen you with my mouth, and the moving of my lips should asswage your grief. 16:6Though I speak, my grief is not asswaged: and though I forbear, what am I eased? 16:7But now he hath made me weary: thou hast made desolate all my company. 16:8And thou hast filled me with wrinkles, which is a witness against me: and my leanness rising up in me beareth witness to my face. 16:9He teareth me in his wrath, who hateth me: he gnasheth upon me with his teeth; mine enemy sharpeneth his eyes upon me. 16:10They have gaped upon me with their mouth; they have smitten me upon the cheek reproachfully; they have gathered themselves together against me. 16:11God hath delivered me to the ungodly, and turned me over into the hands of the wicked. 16:12I 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. 16:13His archers compass me round about, he cleaveth my reins asunder, and doth not spare; he poureth out my gall upon the ground. 16:14He breaketh me with breach upon breach, he runneth upon me like a giant. 16:15I have sewed sackcloth upon my skin, and defiled my horn in the dust. 16:16My face is foul with weeping, and on my eyelids is the shadow of death; 16:17Not for any injustice in mine hands: also my prayer is pure. 16:18O earth, cover not thou my blood, and let my cry have no place. 16:19Also now, behold, my witness is in heaven, and my record is on high. 16:20My friends scorn me: but mine eye poureth out tears unto God. 16:21O that one might plead for a man with God, as a man pleadeth for his neighbour! 16:22When a few years are come, then I shall go the way whence I shall not return.

17:1My breath is corrupt, my days are extinct, the graves are ready for me.17:2Are there not mockers with me? and doth not mine eye continue in their provocation?17:3Lay down now, put me in a surety with thee; who is he that will strike hands with me?17:4For thou hast hid their heart from understanding: therefore shalt thou not exalt them.17:5He that speaketh flattery to his friends, even the eyes of his children shall fail.17:6He hath made me also a byword of the people; and aforetime I was as a tabret.17:7Mine eye also is dim by reason of sorrow, and all my members are as a shadow.17:8Upright men shall be astonied at this, and the innocent shall stir up himself against the hypocrite.17:9The righteous also shall hold on his way, and he that hath clean hands shall be stronger and stronger.17:10But as for you all, do ye return, and come now: for I cannot find one wise man among you.17:11My days are past, my purposes are broken off, even the thoughts of my heart.17:12They change the night into day: the light is short because of darkness.17:13If I wait, the grave is mine house: I have made my bed in the darkness.17:14I have said to corruption, Thou art my father: to the worm, Thou art my mother, and my sister.17:15And where is now my hope? as for my hope, who shall see it?17:16They shall go down to the bars of the pit, when our rest together is in the dust.

Study Journal Questions
  1. How are people treating Job?
  2. How does Job describe his physical appearance after enduring such suffering?
  3. How would you describe a time in your life when you lost hope?
  4. How does Job elude to having an advocate in heaven?
Together Challenge

Give the hopeless a reason to hope.

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