Job Replies: My Redeemer Lives

1 Then Job answered and said:

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      2 "How long will you torment me and break me in pieces with words?
      3 These 1ten times you have cast reproach upon me; are you not ashamed to wrong me?

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      4 And even if it be true that I have erred, my error remains with myself.
      5 If indeed you 2magnify yourselves against me and make my disgrace an argument against me,

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      6 know then that God has 3put me in the wrong and closed his net about me.

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      7 Behold, I 4cry out, 'Violence!' but I am not answered; I call for help, but there is no justice.

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      8 He has 5walled up my way, so that I cannot pass, and he has set darkness upon my paths.

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      9 He has 6stripped from me my glory and taken the 7crown from my head.

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      10 He breaks me down on every side, and I 8am gone, and my hope has he pulled up like a tree.

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      11 He has kindled his wrath against me and 9counts me as his adversary.

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      12 His 10troops come on together; they have 11cast up their siege rampa against me and encamp around my tent.

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        • ˆ 19:12 - Hebrew their way
          13 "He has put my 12brothers far from me, and 13those who knew me are wholly estranged from me.

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          14 My relatives 14have failed me, my close 15friends have forgotten me.

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          15 The guests 16in my house and my maidservants count me as a stranger; I have become a foreigner in their eyes.

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          16 I call to my servant, but he gives me no answer; I must plead with him with my mouth for mercy.
          17 My breath is strange to my 17wife, and I am a stench to the children of 18my own mother.

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          18 Even young 19children despise me; when I rise they talk against me.

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          19 All my 20intimate friends abhor me, and those whom I loved have turned against me.

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          20 My 21bones stick to my skin and to my flesh, and I have escaped by the skin of my teeth.

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          21 Have mercy on me, have mercy on me, O you my friends, for the hand of God has 22touched me!

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          22 Why do you, like God, 23pursue me? Why are you not satisfied with my flesh?

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          23 "Oh that my words were written! Oh that they were 24inscribed in a book!

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          24 Oh that with an iron 25pen and lead they were engraved in the rock forever!

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          25 For I 26know that my 27Redeemer lives, and at the last he will stand upon the 28earth.b
          26 And after my skin has been thus destroyed, yet inc my flesh I shall 29see God,

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          27 whom I shall see for myself, and my eyes shall behold, and not 30another. My heart 31faints within me!

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          28 If you say, 'How we will 32pursue him!' and, 'The root of the matter is found in him,'

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            • 556 19:28 - [See ver. 22 above]
              29 be afraid of the sword, for wrath brings the punishment of the sword, that you may know there is 33a judgment."

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