1 Then Job replied:

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      2 “How long will you torment me and crush me with words?

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      3 Ten times now you have reproached me; shamelessly you attack me.

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      4 If it is true that I have gone astray, my error remains my concern alone.

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      5 If indeed you would exalt yourselves above me and use my humiliation against me,

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      6 then know that God has wronged me and drawn his net around me.

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      7 “Though I cry, ‘Violence!’ I get no response; though I call for help, there is no justice.

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      8 He has blocked my way so I cannot pass; he has shrouded my paths in darkness.

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      9 He has stripped me of my honor and removed the crown from my head.

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      10 He tears me down on every side till I am gone; he uproots my hope like a tree.

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      11 His anger burns against me; he counts me among his enemies.

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      12 His troops advance in force; they build a siege ramp against me and encamp around my tent.

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      13 “He has alienated my family from me; my acquaintances are completely estranged from me.

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      14 My relatives have gone away; my closest friends have forgotten me.

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      15 My guests and my female servants count me a foreigner; they look on me as on a stranger.

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      16 I summon my servant, but he does not answer, though I beg him with my own mouth.
      17 My breath is offensive to my wife; I am loathsome to my own family.

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      18 Even the little boys scorn me; when I appear, they ridicule me.

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      19 All my intimate friends detest me; those I love have turned against me.

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          20 I am nothing but skin and bones; I have escaped only by the skin of my teeth.a

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            • x 19:20 - Or "only by my gums"
              21 “Have pity on me, my friends, have pity, for the hand of God has struck me.

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              22 Why do you pursue me as God does? Will you never get enough of my flesh?

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              23 “Oh, that my words were recorded, that they were written on a scroll,

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              24 that they were inscribed with an iron tool onb lead, or engraved in rock forever!

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              25 I know that my redeemerc lives, and that in the end he will stand on the earth.d

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                • z 19:25 - Or "vindicator"
                • { 19:25 - Or "on my grave"
                  26 And after my skin has been destroyed, yete inf my flesh I will see God;

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                    • | 19:26 - Or "And after I awake," / "though this body has been destroyed," / "then"
                    • } 19:26 - Or "destroyed," / "apart from"
                      27 I myself will see him with my own eyes—I, and not another. How my heart yearns within me!

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                      28 “If you say, ‘How we will hound him, since the root of the trouble lies in him,g

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                        • ~ 19:28 - Many Hebrew manuscripts, Septuagint and Vulgate; most Hebrew manuscripts "me"
                          29 you should fear the sword yourselves; for wrath will bring punishment by the sword, and then you will know that there is judgment.h

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                            •  19:29 - Or "sword," / "that you may come to know the Almighty"