Nueva Versión Internacional

Job 16

Quinto discurso de Job

1A esto, Job contestó:

«Cosas como estas he escuchado muchas;
    ¡valiente consuelo el de[a] todos ustedes!
¿No habrá fin a sus peroratas?
    ¿Qué les irrita tanto que siguen contendiendo?
¡También yo podría hablar del mismo modo
    si estuvieran ustedes en mi lugar!
¡También yo pronunciaría bellos discursos en su contra,
    meneando con sarcasmo la cabeza!
¡Les infundiría nuevos bríos con la boca;
    les daría consuelo con los labios!

»Si hablo, mi dolor no disminuye;
    si me callo, tampoco se me calma.
Ciertamente Dios me ha destruido;
    ha exterminado[b] a toda mi familia.
Me tiene acorralado, y da testimonio contra mí;
    mi deplorable estado se levanta y me condena.

»En su enojo Dios me desgarra y me persigue;
    rechina los dientes contra mí;
    mi adversario me clava la mirada.
10 La gente se mofa de mí abiertamente;
    burlones, me dan de bofetadas,
    y todos juntos se ponen en mi contra.
11 Dios me ha entregado en manos de gente inicua;
    me ha arrojado en las garras de los malvados.
12 Yo vivía tranquilo, pero él me destrozó;
    me agarró por el cuello y me hizo pedazos;
    ¡me hizo blanco de sus ataques!
13 Sus arqueros me rodearon.
    Sin piedad me perforaron los riñones,
    y mi hígado se derramó por el suelo.
14 Abriéndome herida tras herida,
    se lanzaron contra mí como un guerrero.

15 »El luto es parte de mi cuerpo;
    en el polvo tengo enterrada la frente.[c]
16 De tanto llorar tengo enrojecida la cara,
    profundas ojeras tengo en torno a los ojos;
17 pero mis manos están libres de violencia,
    y es pura mi oración.

18 »¡Ah, tierra, no cubras mi sangre!
    ¡No dejes que se acalle mi clamor!
19 Ahora mismo tengo en los cielos un testigo;
    en lo alto se encuentra mi abogado.
20 Mi intercesor es mi amigo,[d]
    y ante él me deshago en lágrimas
21 para que interceda ante Dios en favor mío,
    como quien apela por su amigo.
22 Pasarán solo unos cuantos años
    antes de que yo emprenda el viaje sin regreso.

Notas al pie

  1. 16:2 valiente consuelo el de. Lit. consoladores de calamidad son.
  2. 16:7 ha exterminado; Lit. tú has exterminado.
  3. 16:15 enterrada la frente. Lit. enterrado mi cuerno.
  4. 16:20 Mi intercesor es mi amigo. Alt. Mis amigos me tratan con burlas.

Amplified Bible

Job 16

Job Says Friends Are Sorry Comforters

1Then Job answered and said,


“I have heard many such things;
Wearisome and miserable comforters are you all.

“Is there no end to [your futile] words of wind?
Or what plagues you [so much] that you [so boldly] answer [me like this]?

“I also could speak like you,
If you were in my place;
I could compose and join words together against you
And shake my head at you.

“[But instead] I could strengthen and encourage you with [the words of] my mouth,
And the consolation and solace of my lips would soothe your suffering and lessen your anguish.

Job Says God Shattered Him


“If I speak [to you miserable comforters], my pain is not relieved;
And if I refrain [from speaking], what [pain or anguish] leaves me?

“But now God has exhausted me.
You [O Lord] have destroyed all my family and my household.

“You have taken a firm hold on me and have shriveled me up,
It has become a witness [against me];
And my leanness [and infirmity] rises up [as evidence] against me,
It testifies to my face [about my guilt].

“His wrath has torn me and hunted me down,
He has gnashed at me with his teeth;
My adversary sharpens His gaze and glares [with piercing eyes] at me.
10 
“They have gaped at me with their mouths,
With contempt they have struck me on the cheek;
They massed themselves together [and conspired] against me.
11 
“God hands me over to [a]criminals
And tosses me [headlong] into the hands of the wicked.
12 
“I was [living] at ease, but He crushed me and broke me apart,
And He has seized me by the neck and has shaken me to pieces;
He has also set me up as His target.
13 
“His arrows surround me.
He pierces my kidneys (vital organs) without mercy;
He pours out my gall on the ground.
14 
“He attacks me, making wound after wound;
He runs at me like a warrior.
15 
“I have sewed sackcloth over my skin [as a sign of mourning]
And have defiled my horn (symbol of strength) in the dust.
16 
“My face is red and swollen with weeping,
And on my eyelids is the shadow of death [my eyes are dimmed],
17 
Although there is no violence or wrongdoing in my hands,
And my prayer is pure.

18 
“O earth, do not cover my blood,
And let there be no [resting] place for my cry [where it will cease being heard].
19 
“Even now, behold, my Witness is in heaven,
And my Advocate [who vouches and testifies for me] is on high.
20 
“My friends are scoffers [who ridicule];
My eye pours out tears to God.
21 
“Oh, that a man would mediate and plead with God [for me]
Just as a man [mediates and pleads] with his neighbor and friend.
22 
“For when a few years are past,
I shall go the way of no return.

Notas al pie

  1. Job 16:11 MT reads boys.