Job 19:21
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English Standard Version
Have mercy on me, have mercy on me, O you my friends, for the hand of God has touched me!

King James Bible
Have pity upon me, have pity upon me, O ye my friends; for the hand of God hath touched me.

American Standard Version
Have pity upon me, have pity upon me, O ye my friends; For the hand of God hath touched me.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Have pity on me, have pity on me, at least you my friends, because the hand of the Lord hath touched me.

English Revised Version
Have pity upon me, have pity upon me, O ye my friends; for the hand of God hath touched me.

Webster's Bible Translation
Have pity upon me, have pity upon me, O ye my friends; for the hand of God hath touched me.

Job 19:21 Parallel
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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

12 His troops came together,

And threw up their way against me,

And encamped round about my tent.

13 My brethren hath He removed far from me,

And my acquaintance are quite estranged from me.

14 My kinsfolk fail,

And those that knew me have forgotten me.

15 The slaves of my house and my maidens,

They regard me as a stranger,

I am become a perfect stranger in their eyes.

It may seem strange that we do not connect Job 19:12 with the preceding strophe or group of verses; but between Job 19:7 and Job 19:21 there are thirty στίχοι, which, in connection with the arrangement of the rest of this speech in decastichs (accidentally coinciding remarkably with the prominence given to the number ten in Job 19:3), seem intended to be divided into three decastichs, and can be so divided without doing violence to the connection. While in Job 19:12, in connection with Job 19:11, Job describes the course of the wrath, which he has to withstand as if he were an enemy of God, in Job 19:13. he refers back to the degradation complained of in Job 19:9. In Job 19:12 he compares himself to a besieged (perhaps on account of revolt) city. God's גדוּדים (not: bands of marauders, as Dietr. interprets, but: troops, i.e., of regular soldiers, synon. of צבא, Job 10:17, comp. Job 25:3; Job 29:25, from the root גד, to unite, join, therefore prop. the assembled, a heap; vid., Frst's Handwrterbuch) are the bands of outwards and inward sufferings sent forth against him for a combined attack (יחד). Heaping up a way, i.e., by filling up the ramparts, is for the purpose of making the attack upon the city with battering-rams (Job 16:14) and javelins, and then the storm, more effective (on this erection of offensive ramparts (approches), called elsewhere שׁפך סללה, vid., Keil's Archologie, 159). One result of this condition of siege in which God's wrath has placed him is that he is avoided and despised as one smitten of God: neither love and fidelity, nor obedience and dependence, meet him from any quarter. What he has said in Job 17:6, that he is become a byword and an abomination (an object to spit upon), he here describes in detail. There is no ground for understanding אחי in the wider sense of relations; brethren is meant here, as in Psalm 69:9. He calls his relations קרובי, as Psalm 38:12. ידעי are (in accordance with the pregnant biblical use of this word in the sense of nosse cum affectu et effectu) those who know him intimately (with objective suff. as Psalm 87:4), and מידּעי, as Psalm 31:12, and freq., those intimately known to him; both, therefore, so-called heart-or bosom-friends. בּיתי גּרי Jer. well translates inquilinin domus meae; they are, in distinction from those who by birth belong to the nearer and wider circle of the family, persons who are received into this circle as servants, as vassals (comp. Exodus 3:22, and Arabic jâr, an associate, one sojourning in a strange country under the protection of its government, a neighbour), here espec. the domestics. The verb תּחשׁבוּני (Ges. 60) is construed with the nearest feminine subject. These people, who ought to thank him for taking them into his house, regard him as one who does not belong to it (זר); he is looked upon by them as a perfect stranger (נכרי), as an intruder from another country.

Job 19:21 Parallel Commentaries

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have pity

Job 6:14 To him that is afflicted pity should be showed from his friend; but he forsakes the fear of the Almighty.

Romans 12:15 Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep.

1 Corinthians 12:26 And whether one member suffer, all the members suffer with it; or one member be honored, all the members rejoice with it.

Hebrews 13:3 Remember them that are in bonds, as bound with them; and them which suffer adversity, as being yourselves also in the body.

the hand

Job 1:11 But put forth your hand now, and touch all that he has, and he will curse you to your face.

Job 2:5,10 But put forth your hand now, and touch his bone and his flesh, and he will curse you to your face...

Job 6:4 For the arrows of the Almighty are within me, the poison whereof drinks up my spirit...

Psalm 38:2 For your arrows stick fast in me, and your hand presses me sore.

Cross References
Acts 13:11
And now, behold, the hand of the Lord is upon you, and you will be blind and unable to see the sun for a time." Immediately mist and darkness fell upon him, and he went about seeking people to lead him by the hand.

Ruth 1:13
would you therefore wait till they were grown? Would you therefore refrain from marrying? No, my daughters, for it is exceedingly bitter to me for your sake that the hand of the LORD has gone out against me."

Job 1:11
But stretch out your hand and touch all that he has, and he will curse you to your face."

Job 4:5
But now it has come to you, and you are impatient; it touches you, and you are dismayed.

Psalm 38:2
For your arrows have sunk into me, and your hand has come down on me.

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