Job 19
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1Then Job answered and said:1Then Job answered and said,
2“How long will you torment my soul, And break me in pieces with words?2How long will ye vex my soul, and break me in pieces with words?
3These ten times you have reproached me; You are not ashamed that you have wronged me.3These ten times have ye reproached me: ye are not ashamed that ye make yourselves strange to me.
4And if indeed I have erred, My error remains with me.4And be it indeed that I have erred, mine error remaineth with myself.
5If indeed you exalt yourselves against me, And plead my disgrace against me,5If indeed ye will magnify yourselves against me, and plead against me my reproach:
6Know then that God has wronged me, And has surrounded me with His net.6Know now that God hath overthrown me, and hath compassed me with his net.
7“If I cry out concerning wrong, I am not heard. If I cry aloud, there is no justice.7Behold, I cry out of wrong, but I am not heard: I cry aloud, but there is no judgment.
8He has fenced up my way, so that I cannot pass; And He has set darkness in my paths.8He hath fenced up my way that I cannot pass, and he hath set darkness in my paths.
9He has stripped me of my glory, And taken the crown from my head.9He hath stripped me of my glory, and taken the crown from my head.
10He breaks me down on every side, And I am gone; My hope He has uprooted like a tree.10He hath destroyed me on every side, and I am gone: and mine hope hath he removed like a tree.
11He has also kindled His wrath against me, And He counts me as one of His enemies.11He hath also kindled his wrath against me, and he counteth me unto him as one of his enemies.
12His troops come together And build up their road against me; They encamp all around my tent.12His troops come together, and raise up their way against me, and encamp round about my tabernacle.
13“He has removed my brothers far from me, And my acquaintances are completely estranged from me.13He hath put my brethren far from me, and mine acquaintance are verily estranged from me.
14My relatives have failed, And my close friends have forgotten me.14My kinsfolk have failed, and my familiar friends have forgotten me.
15Those who dwell in my house, and my maidservants, Count me as a stranger; I am an alien in their sight.15They that dwell in mine house, and my maids, count me for a stranger: I am an alien in their sight.
16I call my servant, but he gives no answer; I beg him with my mouth.16I called my servant, and he gave me no answer; I intreated him with my mouth.
17My breath is offensive to my wife, And I am repulsive to the children of my own body.17My breath is strange to my wife, though I intreated for the children's sake of mine own body.
18Even young children despise me; I arise, and they speak against me.18Yea, young children despised me; I arose, and they spake against me.
19All my close friends abhor me, And those whom I love have turned against me.19All my inward friends abhorred me: and they whom I loved are turned against me.
20My bone clings to my skin and to my flesh, And I have escaped by the skin of my teeth.20My bone cleaveth to my skin and to my flesh, and I am escaped with the skin of my teeth.
21“Have pity on me, have pity on me, O you my friends, For the hand of God has struck me!21Have pity upon me, have pity upon me, O ye my friends; for the hand of God hath touched me.
22Why do you persecute me as God does, And are not satisfied with my flesh?22Why do ye persecute me as God, and are not satisfied with my flesh?
23“Oh, that my words were written! Oh, that they were inscribed in a book!23Oh that my words were now written! oh that they were printed in a book!
24That they were engraved on a rock With an iron pen and lead, forever!24That they were graven with an iron pen and lead in the rock for ever!
25For I know that my Redeemer lives, And He shall stand at last on the earth;25For I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth:
26And after my skin is destroyed, this I know, That in my flesh I shall see God,26And though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God:
27Whom I shall see for myself, And my eyes shall behold, and not another. How my heart yearns within me!27Whom I shall see for myself, and mine eyes shall behold, and not another; though my reins be consumed within me.
28If you should say, ‘How shall we persecute him?’— Since the root of the matter is found in me,28But ye should say, Why persecute we him, seeing the root of the matter is found in me?
29Be afraid of the sword for yourselves; For wrath brings the punishment of the sword, That you may know there is a judgment.”29Be ye afraid of the sword: for wrath bringeth the punishments of the sword, that ye may know there is a judgment.
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