Job 16:3
16:3 Shall {a} vain words have an end? or what emboldeneth thee
     that thou answerest?

     (a) Which serve for vain ostentation and for no true

Job 16:4
16:4 I also could speak as ye [do]: if your {c} soul were in my
     soul's stead, I could heap up words against you, and {d}
     shake mine head at you.

     (c) I would that you felt what I do.
     (d) That is, mock at your misery, as you do at mine.

Job 16:5
16:5 [But] I would strengthen you {e} with my mouth, and the
     moving of my lips should asswage [your grief].

     (e) If this were in my power, yet I would comfort you and
         not do as you do to me.

Job 16:6
16:6 Though I speak, my grief is {f} not asswaged: and [though]
     I forbear, what am I eased?

     (f) If you would say, "Why do you not then comfort
         yourself?" he answers that the judgments of God are
         more heavy than he is able to assuage either by words
         or silence.

Job 16:7
16:7 But now {g} he hath made me weary: thou hast made desolate
     all my {h} company.

     (g) Meaning, God.
     (h) That is, destroyed most of my family.

Job 16:8
16:8 And thou hast filled me with {i} wrinkles, [which] is a
     witness [against me]: and my leanness rising up in me
     beareth witness to my face.

     (i) In token of sorrow and grief.

Job 16:9
16:9 {k} He teareth [me] in his wrath, who hateth me: he
     gnasheth upon me with his teeth; mine enemy sharpeneth his
     eyes upon me.

     (k) That is, God by his wrath: and in this diversity of
         words and high style, he expresses how grievous the
         hand of God was on him.

Job 16:10
16:10 They have gaped upon me with their mouth; they have
      smitten me upon the {l} cheek reproachfully; they have
      gathered themselves together against me.

      (l) That is, has handled me contemptuously: for so
          slapping the cheek signified,
          @1Ki 22:24, Mr 14:65

Job 16:11
16:11 God hath delivered me to the ungodly, and turned me over
      into the {m} hands of the wicked.

      (m) They have led me where they would.

Job 16:13
16:13 His {n} archers compass me round about, he cleaveth my
      reins asunder, and doth not spare; he poureth out my gall
      {o} upon the ground.

      (n) His manifold afflictions.
      (o) I am wounded to the heart.

Job 16:15
16:15 I have sewed sackcloth upon my skin, and defiled my {p}
      horn in the dust.

      (p) Meaning, his glory was brought low.

Job 16:17
16:17 Not for [any] injustice in {q} mine hands: also my prayer
      {r} [is] pure.

      (q) Signifying that he is not able to understand the cause
          of this his grievous punishment.
      (r) That is, unfeigned and without hypocrisy.

Job 16:18
16:18 O earth, cover not thou my {s} blood, and let my cry have
      no place.

      (s) Let my sin be known if I am such a sinner as my
          adversaries accuse me, and let me find no favour.

Job 16:19
16:19 Also now, behold, my {t} witness [is] in heaven, and my
      record [is] on high.

      (t) Though man condemn me, yet God is witness of my cause.

Job 16:20
16:20 My friends {u} scorn me: [but] mine eye poureth out
      [tears] unto God.

      (u) Use painted words instead of true consolation.

Job 16:21
16:21 O that one might plead for a man with God, as a man {x}
      [pleadeth] for his neighbour!

      (x) Thus by his great torments he is carried away, and
          breaks out into passions, and speaks unadvisedly, as
          though God would intreat man more gently, seeing he
          has only a short time here to live.

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