Job 19

Job's Reply to Bildad

1 Then Job answered:
2 How long will you torment me and crush me with words?a
3 You have humiliated me ten timesb now, and you mistreatc me without shame.
4 Even if it is true that I have sinned, my mistake concerns onlyd me.
5 If you really want to appear superior to me and would use my disgrace as evidence against me,e
6 then understand that it is God who has wronged me and caught me in His net.f
7 I cry out: Violence! but get no response; I call for help, but there is no justice.g
8 He has blocked my way so that I cannot pass through; He has veiled my paths with darkness.h
9 He has stripped me of my honor and removed the crown from my head.
10 He tears me down on every side so that I am ruined.i He uproots my hope like a tree.j
11 His anger burns against me, and He regards me as [one of] His enemies.k
12 His troops advance together; they construct a rampl against me and camp around my tent.m
13 He has removed my brothers from me; my acquaintances have abandoned me.n
14 My relatives stop coming by, and my close friends have forgotten me.o
15 My house guestsp and female servants regard me as a stranger; I am a foreigner in their sight.q
16 I call for my servant, but he does not answer, even if I beg him with my own mouth.
17 My breath is offensive to my wife, and my own childrenr find me repulsive.
18 Even young boys scorn me. When I stand up, they mock me.
19 All of my best friendss despise me, and those I love have turned against me.t
20 My skin and my flesh cling to my bones; I have escaped by the skin of my teeth.
21 Have mercy on me, my friends, have mercy,u for God's hand has struck me.v
22 Why do you persecute me as God [does]? Will you never get enough of my flesh?
23 I wish that my words were written down, that they were recorded on a scroll
24 or were inscribed in stone forever by an iron stylus and lead!
25 But I know my living Redeemer,wx and He will stand on the dusty at last.z{
26 Even after my skin has been destroyed,| yet I will see God in} my flesh.~
27 I will see Him myself; my eyes will look at [Him], and not as a stranger. My heart longs€ within me.
28 If you say, "How will we pursue him, since the root of the problem lies with him?"‚ƒ
29 be afraid of the sword, because wrath [brings] punishment by the sword, so that you may know there is a judgment.„
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