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Job 19

English Standard Version

1 Then Job answered and said: 2 “How long will you torment me and break me in pieces with words? 3 These ten times you have cast reproach upon me; are you not ashamed to wrong me? (Ge 31:7) 4 And even if it be true that I have erred, my error remains with myself. 5 If indeed you magnify yourselves against me and make my disgrace an argument against me, (Ps 35:26; Ps 38:16; Ps 55:12) 6 know then that God has put me in the wrong and closed his net about me. (Job 8:3; Job 34:12; La 3:36) 7 Behold, I cry out, ‘Violence!’ but I am not answered; I call for help, but there is no justice. (Job 24:12; La 3:8; Hab 1:2) 8 He has walled up my way, so that I cannot pass, and he has set darkness upon my paths. (Job 3:23; Job 13:27; La 3:7; La 3:9; Ho 2:6) 9 He has stripped from me my glory and taken the crown from my head. (Job 29:14; Ps 89:39; Ps 89:44; La 5:16) 10 He breaks me down on every side, and I am gone, and my hope has he pulled up like a tree. (Job 10:21; Job 14:20; Job 27:21) 11 He has kindled his wrath against me and counts me as his adversary. (Job 13:24) 12 His troops come on together; they have cast up their siege ramp[1] against me and encamp around my tent. (Job 10:17; Job 25:2; Job 30:12) 13 “He has put my brothers far from me, and those who knew me are wholly estranged from me. (Job 6:15; Ps 31:11; Ps 69:8; Ps 88:8; Ps 88:18) 14 My relatives have failed me, my close friends have forgotten me. (Ps 38:11; Ps 55:13) 15 The guests in my house and my maidservants count me as a stranger; I have become a foreigner in their eyes. (Ge 17:27; Mt 10:36) 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 wife, and I am a stench to the children of my own mother. (Job 2:9; Job 3:10) 18 Even young children despise me; when I rise they talk against me. (2Ki 2:23) 19 All my intimate friends abhor me, and those whom I loved have turned against me. (Ps 41:9; Ps 55:13) 20 My bones stick to my skin and to my flesh, and I have escaped by the skin of my teeth. (Ps 102:5; La 4:8) 21 Have mercy on me, have mercy on me, O you my friends, for the hand of God has touched me! (Job 1:11; Isa 53:4) 22 Why do you, like God, pursue me? Why are you not satisfied with my flesh? (Ps 69:26) 23 “Oh that my words were written! Oh that they were inscribed in a book! (Isa 30:8) 24 Oh that with an iron pen and lead they were engraved in the rock forever! (Jer 17:1) 25 For I know that my Redeemer lives, and at the last he will stand upon the earth.[2] (Ge 48:16; Job 30:23; Job 41:33; Ps 19:14; Ps 103:4; Isa 43:14; Isa 44:6; Isa 44:24; Isa 49:7; 1Th 1:10) 26 And after my skin has been thus destroyed, yet in[3] my flesh I shall see God, (Ps 17:15; 1Co 13:12; 1Jo 3:2) 27 whom I shall see for myself, and my eyes shall behold, and not another. My heart faints within me! (Ps 73:26; Pr 27:2) 28 If you say, ‘How we will pursue him!’ and, ‘The root of the matter is found in him,’[4] (Job 19:22) 29 be afraid of the sword, for wrath brings the punishment of the sword, that you may know there is a judgment.” (Ps 58:11; Ec 12:14)