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
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
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.
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.
16:7 But now g
he hath made me weary: thou hast made desolate all my h
(g) Meaning, God.
(h) That is, destroyed most of my family.
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.
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.
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, (1 Kings
16:11 God hath delivered me to the ungodly, and
turned me over into the m hands of the
(m) They have led me where they would.
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
(n) His manifold afflictions.
(o) I am wounded to the heart.
16:15 I have sewed
sackcloth upon my skin, and defiled my p
horn in the dust.
(p) Meaning, his glory was brought low.
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.
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.
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
16:20 My friends u
scorn me: [but] mine eye poureth out [tears] unto God.
(u) Use painted words instead of true
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.