Job Replies: My Redeemer Lives1 Then Job answered and said: 2 “How long will you torment me
and break me in pieces with words?
3 These a ten times you have cast reproach upon me;
are you not ashamed to wrong me?
4 And even if it be true that I have erred,
my error remains with myself.
5 If indeed you b magnify yourselves against me
and make my disgrace an argument against me,
6 know then that God has c put me in the wrong
and closed his net about me.
7 Behold, I d cry out, ‘Violence!’ but I am not answered;
I call for help, but there is no justice.
8 He has e walled up my way, so that I cannot pass,
and he has set darkness upon my paths.
9 He has f stripped from me my glory
and taken the g crown from my head.
10 He breaks me down on every side, and I h am gone,
and my hope has he pulled up like a tree.
11 He has kindled his wrath against me
and i counts me as his adversary.
12 His j troops come on together;
they have k cast up their siege ramp ▼
▼ Hebrew their wayagainst me
and encamp around my tent.
13 “He has put my m brothers far from me,
and n those who knew me are wholly estranged from me.
14 My relatives o have failed me,
my close p friends have forgotten me.
15 The guests q in my house and my maidservants count me as a stranger;
I have become a foreigner in their eyes.
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 r wife,
and I am a stench to the children of s my own mother.
18 Even young t children despise me;
when I rise they talk against me.
19 All my u intimate friends abhor me,
and those whom I loved have turned against me.
20 My v bones stick to my skin and to my flesh,
and I have escaped by the skin of my teeth.
21 Have mercy on me, have mercy on me, O you my friends,
for the hand of God has w touched me!
22 Why do you, like God x pursue me?
Why are you not satisfied with my flesh?
23 “Oh that my words were written!
Oh that they were y inscribed in a book!
24 Oh that with an iron z pen and lead
they were engraved in the rock forever!
25 For I aa know that my ab Redeemer lives,
and at the last he will stand upon the ac earth. ▼
▼ Hebrew dust
26 And after my skin has been thus destroyed,
yet in ▼
▼ Or withoutmy flesh I shall af see God,
27 whom I shall see for myself,
and my eyes shall behold, and not ag another.
My heart ah faints within me!
28 If you say, ‘How we will ai pursue him!’
and, ‘The root of the matter is found in him,’
29 be afraid of the sword,
for wrath brings the punishment of the sword,
that you may know there is aj a judgment.”
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