Job’s Reply to Bildad1Then Job answered: 2 How long will you torment me
and crush me with words?
3 You have humiliated me ten times now,
and you mistreat ▼
▼Hb obscureme without shame. b
4 Even if it is true that I have sinned,
my mistake concerns only ▼
▼Lit mistake lives withme.
5 If you really want to appear superior d to me
and would use my disgrace as evidence against me,
6 then understand that it is God who has wronged me
and caught me in His net. e
7 I cry out: “Violence!” but get no response; f
I call for help, but there is no justice.
8 He has blocked g 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. ▼
He uproots my hope like a tree. j
11 His anger k burns against me,
and He regards me as one of His enemies. l
12 His troops advance together;
they construct a ramp ▼
▼Lit they raise up their wayagainst me
and camp n around my tent.
13 He has removed my brothers from me;
my acquaintances have abandoned me. o
14 My relatives stop coming by,
and my close friends have forgotten me.
15 My house guests ▼
▼Or The resident aliens in my householdand 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 family ▼
▼Lit and the sons of my bellyfinds me repulsive.
18 Even young boys scorn me.
When I stand up, they mock me. s
19 All of my best friends ▼
▼Lit of the men of my councildespise me, u
and those I love have turned against me. v
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 w have mercy,
for God’s hand x has struck me. y
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 ▼
▼Or know that my Redeemer is living, aa
and He will stand on the dust ▼
▼Or earthat last. ▼
▼Or dust at the last, or dust as the Last One, ad
26 Even after my skin has been destroyed ▼
▼Lit skin which they destroyed, or skin they destroyed in this way
yet I will see God in ▼
▼Or apart frommy flesh. ag
27 I will see Him myself;
my eyes will look at Him, and not as a stranger. ▼
▼Or not a stranger
My heart longs ▼
▼Lit My kidneys grow faintwithin me. aj
28 If you say, “How will we pursue him,
since the root of the problem lies with him?” ▼
▼Some Hb mss, LXX, Vg; other Hb mss read me
29 then be afraid of the sword,
because wrath brings punishment by the sword al
so that you may know there is a judgment.
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