Job 19
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1Then Job spoke again:1Then Job answered and said:
2“How long will you torture me? How long will you try to crush me with your words?2“How long will you torment me and break me in pieces with words?
3You have already insulted me ten times. You should be ashamed of treating me so badly.3These ten times you have cast reproach upon me; are you not ashamed to wrong me?
4Even if I have sinned, that is my concern, not yours.4And even if it be true that I have erred, my error remains with myself.
5You think you’re better than I am, using my humiliation as evidence of my sin.5If indeed you magnify yourselves against me and make my disgrace an argument against me,
6But it is God who has wronged me, capturing me in his net.6know then that God has put me in the wrong and closed his net about me.
7“I cry out, ‘Help!’ but no one answers me. I protest, but there is no justice.7Behold, I cry out, ‘Violence!’ but I am not answered; I call for help, but there is no justice.
8God has blocked my way so I cannot move. He has plunged my path into darkness.8He has walled up my way, so that I cannot pass, and he has set darkness upon my paths.
9He has stripped me of my honor and removed the crown from my head.9He has stripped from me my glory and taken the crown from my head.
10He has demolished me on every side, and I am finished. He has uprooted my hope like a fallen tree.10He breaks me down on every side, and I am gone, and my hope has he pulled up like a tree.
11His fury burns against me; he counts me as an enemy.11He has kindled his wrath against me and counts me as his adversary.
12His troops advance. They build up roads to attack me. They camp all around my tent.12His troops come on together; they have cast up their siege ramp against me and encamp around my tent.
13“My relatives stay far away, and my friends have turned against me.13“He has put my brothers far from me, and those who knew me are wholly estranged from me.
14My family is gone, and my close friends have forgotten me.14My relatives have failed me, my close friends have forgotten me.
15My servants and maids consider me a stranger. I am like a foreigner to them.15The guests in my house and my maidservants count me as a stranger; I have become a foreigner in their eyes.
16When I call my servant, he doesn’t come; I have to plead with him!16I call to my servant, but he gives me no answer; I must plead with him with my mouth for mercy.
17My breath is repulsive to my wife. I am rejected by my own family.17My breath is strange to my wife, and I am a stench to the children of my own mother.
18Even young children despise me. When I stand to speak, they turn their backs on me.18Even young children despise me; when I rise they talk against me.
19My close friends detest me. Those I loved have turned against me.19All my intimate friends abhor me, and those whom I loved have turned against me.
20I have been reduced to skin and bones and have escaped death by the skin of my teeth.20My bones stick to my skin and to my flesh, and I have escaped by the skin of my teeth.
21“Have mercy on me, my friends, have mercy, for the hand of God has struck me.21Have mercy on me, have mercy on me, O you my friends, for the hand of God has touched me!
22Must you also persecute me, like God does? Haven’t you chewed me up enough?22Why do you, like God, pursue me? Why are you not satisfied with my flesh?
23“Oh, that my words could be recorded. Oh, that they could be inscribed on a monument,23“Oh that my words were written! Oh that they were inscribed in a book!
24carved with an iron chisel and filled with lead, engraved forever in the rock.24Oh that with an iron pen and lead they were engraved in the rock forever!
25“But as for me, I know that my Redeemer lives, and he will stand upon the earth at last.25For I know that my Redeemer lives, and at the last he will stand upon the earth.
26And after my body has decayed, yet in my body I will see God!26And after my skin has been thus destroyed, yet in my flesh I shall see God,
27I will see him for myself. Yes, I will see him with my own eyes. I am overwhelmed at the thought!27whom I shall see for myself, and my eyes shall behold, and not another. My heart faints within me!
28“How dare you go on persecuting me, saying, ‘It’s his own fault’?28If you say, ‘How we will pursue him!’ and, ‘The root of the matter is found in him,’
29You should fear punishment yourselves, for your attitude deserves punishment. Then you will know that there is indeed a judgment.”29be afraid of the sword, for wrath brings the punishment of the sword, that you may know there is a judgment.”
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