Job 19

Job Feels Insulted

1Then Job
Lit answered and said
2How long will you torment
Lit my soul
And crush me with words?
3These ten times you have insulted me;
You are not ashamed to wrong me.
4Even if I have truly erred,
My error lodges with me.
5If indeed you c  vaunt yourselves against me
And prove my disgrace to me,
6Know then that d  God has wronged me
And has closed e  His net around me.

Everything Is against Him

7Behold f  I cry, ‘Violence!’ but I get no answer;
I shout for help, but there is no justice.
8“He has g  walled up my way so that I cannot pass,
And He has put h  darkness on my paths.
9“He has i  stripped my honor from me
And removed the j  crown from my head.
10“He k  breaks me down on every side, and I am gone;
And He has uprooted my l  hope m  like a tree.
11“He has also n  kindled His anger against me
And o  considered me as His enemy.
12“His p  troops come together,
And q  build up their
I.e. siegework
way against me
And camp around my tent.

13“He has s  removed my brothers far from me,
And my t  acquaintances are completely estranged from me.
14My relatives have failed,
And my u  intimate friends have forgotten me.
15Those who live in my house and my maids consider me a stranger.
I am a foreigner in their sight.
16I call to my servant, but he does not answer;
I have to implore him with my mouth.
17My breath is
Lit strange
offensive to my wife,
And I am loathsome to my own brothers.
18Even young children despise me;
I rise up and they speak against me.
Lit the men of my council
my x  associates abhor me,
And those I love have turned against me.
20“My y  bone clings to my skin and my flesh,
And I have escaped only by the skin of my teeth.
21Pity me, pity me, O you my friends,
For the z  hand of God has struck me.
22Why do you aa  persecute me as God does,
And are not satisfied with my flesh?

Job Says, “My Redeemer Lives”

23Oh that my words were written!
Oh that they were ab  inscribed in a book!
24That with an iron stylus and lead
They were engraved in the rock forever!
25As for me, I know that ac  my
Or Vindicator, defender; lit kinsman
Redeemer lives,
Or as the Last
at the last He will take His stand on the
Lit dust
26Even after my skin
Lit which they have cut off
is destroyed,
Yet from my flesh I shall ah  see God;
27Whom I
Or on my side
myself shall behold,
And whom my eyes will see and not another.
Lit kidneys
heart ak  faints
Lit in my loins
within me!
28If you say, ‘How shall we am  persecute him?’
And ‘
Or the root of the matter is found in him
What pretext for a case against him can we find?’
29Then be afraid of ao  the sword for yourselves,
For wrath brings the punishment of the sword,
So that you may know ap  there is judgment.”

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