Job Feels Insulted1 Then Job ▼
▼ Lit answered and saidresponded, 2 “How long will you torment ▼
▼ Lit my soulme
And crush me with words?
3 “These ten times you have insulted me;
You are not ashamed to wrong me.
4 “Even if I have truly erred,
My error lodges with me.
5 “If indeed you c vaunt yourselves against me
And prove my disgrace to me,
6 Know then that d God has wronged me
And has closed e His net around me.
Everything Is against Him7 “Behold 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. siegeworkway 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.
14 “My relatives have failed,
And my u intimate friends have forgotten me.
15 “Those who live in my house and my maids consider me a stranger.
I am a foreigner in their sight.
16 “I call to my servant, but he does not answer;
I have to implore him with my mouth.
17 “My breath is ▼
▼ Lit strangeoffensive to my wife,
And I am loathsome to my own brothers.
18 “Even young children despise me;
I rise up and they speak against me.
19 “All ▼
▼ Lit the men of my councilmy 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.
21 “Pity me, pity me, O you my friends,
For the z hand of God has struck me.
22 “Why do you aa persecute me as God does,
And are not satisfied with my flesh?
Job Says, “My Redeemer Lives”23 “Oh that my words were written!
Oh that they were ab inscribed in a book!
24 “That with an iron stylus and lead
They were engraved in the rock forever!
25 “As for me, I know that ac my ▼
▼ Or Vindicator, defender; lit kinsmanRedeemer lives,
▼ Or as the Lastat the last He will take His stand on the ▼
▼ Lit dustearth.
26 “Even after my skin ▼
▼ Lit which they have cut offis destroyed,
Yet from my flesh I shall ah see God;
27 Whom I ▼
▼ Or on my sidemyself shall behold,
And whom my eyes will see and not another.
▼ Lit kidneysheart ak faints ▼
▼ Lit in my loinswithin me!
28 “If you say, ‘How shall we am persecute him?’
And ‘ ▼
▼ Or the root of the matter is found in himWhat pretext for a case against him can we find?’
29 “Then 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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