Then Jobaresponded ,
2"Howlong will you tormentbme And crush me with words ?
3"Thesetentimes you have insulted me; You are not ashamed to wrong me.
4"Even if I have trulyerred, My errorlodges with me.
5"Ifindeed you 1vaunt yourselves against me And prove my disgrace to me,
6Knowthen that 2God has wronged me And has closed3His netaround me.
7"Behold, 4I cry, 'Violence !' but I getnoanswer ; I shout for help, but there is nojustice.
"He has 5walled up my way so that I cannotpass, And He has put6darkness on my paths.
"He has 7stripped my honor from me And removed the 8crown from my head.
"He 9breaks me down on everyside, and I am gone ; And He has uprooted my 10hope11like a tree.
"He has also 12kindled His angeragainst me And 13considered me as His enemy.
"His 14troopscometogether, And 15build up their cwayagainst me And camparound my tent.
"He has 16removed my brothersfar from me, And my 17acquaintances are completelyestranged from me.
"My relatives have failed, And my 18intimatefriends have forgotten me.
"Those who live in my house and my maidsconsider me a stranger. I am a foreigner in their sight.
"I call to my servant, but he does not answer ; I have to implore him with my mouth.
"My breath is doffensive to my wife, And I am loathsome to my own brothers .
18"Evenyoungchildrendespise me; I rise up and they speak against me.
19"Allemy 19associatesabhor me, And those I love have turned against me.
"My 20boneclings to my skin and my flesh, And I have escaped only by the skin of my teeth.
21"Pity me, pity me, O you my friends, For the 21hand of God has struck me.
22"Why do you 22persecute me as God does, And are not satisfied with my flesh ?
23"Oh that my words were written ! Oh that they were 23inscribed in a book !
"That with an ironstylus and lead They were engraved in the rockforever !
"As for me, I know that 24my fRedeemerlives, And gat the last He will take His stand on the hearth.
"Even after my skiniis destroyed, Yet from my flesh I shall 25seeGod ;
27Whom I jmyself shall behold, And whom my eyes will see and not another. My kheart26faintslwithin me!
28"If you say, 'How shall we 27persecute him?' And 'mWhat pretext for a case against him can we find ?'
"Then be afraid of 28the sword for yourselves, For wrath brings the punishment of the sword, So that you may know29there is judgment."