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Job 19 MSG/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Job answered: 1 Then Job replied:
2 "How long are you going to keep battering away at me, pounding me with these harangues? 2 "How long will you torment me and crush me with words?
3 Time after time after time you jump all over me. Do you have no conscience, abusing me like this? 3 Ten times now you have reproached me; shamelessly you attack me.
4 Even if I have, somehow or other, gotten off the track, what business is that of yours? 4 If it is true that I have gone astray, my error remains my concern alone.
5 Why do you insist on putting me down, using my troubles as a stick to beat me? 5 If indeed you would exalt yourselves above me and use my humiliation against me,
6 Tell it to God - he's the one behind all this, he's the one who dragged me into this mess. 6 then know that God has wronged me and drawn his net around me.
7 "Look at me - I shout 'Murder!' and I'm ignored; I call for help and no one bothers to stop. 7 "Though I cry, 'I've been wronged!' I get no response; though I call for help, there is no justice.
8 God threw a barricade across my path - I'm stymied; he turned out all the lights - I'm stuck in the dark. 8 He has blocked my way so I cannot pass; he has shrouded my paths in darkness.
9 He destroyed my reputation, robbed me of all self-respect. 9 He has stripped me of my honor and removed the crown from my head.
10 He tore me apart piece by piece - I'm ruined! Then he yanked out hope by the roots. 10 He tears me down on every side till I am gone; he uproots my hope like a tree.
11 He's angry with me - oh, how he's angry! He treats me like his worst enemy. 11 His anger burns against me; he counts me among his enemies.
12 He has launched a major campaign against me, using every weapon he can think of, coming at me from all sides at once. I Know That God Lives 12 His troops advance in force; they build a siege ramp against me and encamp around my tent.
13 "God alienated my family from me; 13 "He has alienated my brothers from me; my acquaintances are completely estranged from me.
14 everyone who knows me avoids me. My relatives and friends have all left; houseguests forget I ever existed. 14 My kinsmen have gone away; my friends have forgotten me.
15 The servant girls treat me like a bum off the street, look at me like they've never seen me before. 15 My guests and my maidservants count me a stranger; they look upon me as an alien.
16 I call my attendant and he ignores me, ignores me even though I plead with him. 16 I summon my servant, but he does not answer, though I beg him with my own mouth.
17 My wife can't stand to be around me anymore. I'm repulsive to my family. 17 My breath is offensive to my wife; I am loathsome to my own brothers.
18 Even street urchins despise me; when I come out, they taunt and jeer. 18 Even the little boys scorn me; when I appear, they ridicule me.
19 Everyone I've ever been close to abhors me; my dearest loved ones reject me. 19 All my intimate friends detest me; those I love have turned against me.
20 I'm nothing but a bag of bones; my life hangs by a thread. 20 I am nothing but skin and bones; I have escaped with only the skin of my teeth.
21 "Oh, friends, dear friends, take pity on me. God has come down hard on me! 21 "Have pity on me, my friends, have pity, for the hand of God has struck me.
22 Do you have to be hard on me too? Don't you ever tire of abusing me? 22 Why do you pursue me as God does? Will you never get enough of my flesh?
23 "If only my words were written in a book - 23 "Oh, that my words were recorded, that they were written on a scroll,
24 better yet, chiseled in stone! 24 that they were inscribed with an iron tool on lead, or engraved in rock forever!
25 Still, I know that God lives - the One who gives me back my life - and eventually he'll take his stand on earth. 25 I know that my Redeemer lives, and that in the end he will stand upon the earth.
26 And I'll see him - even though I get skinned alive! - 26 And after my skin has been destroyed, yet in my flesh I will see God;
27 see God myself, with my very own eyes. Oh, how I long for that day! 27 I myself will see him with my own eyes--I, and not another. How my heart yearns within me!
28 "If you're thinking, 'How can we get through to him, get him to see that his trouble is all his own fault?' 28 "If you say, 'How we will hound him, since the root of the trouble lies in him, '
29 Forget it. Start worrying about yourselves. Worry about your own sins and God's coming judgment, for judgment is most certainly on the way." 29 you should fear the sword yourselves; for wrath will bring punishment by the sword, and then you will know that there is judgment. "