Job 19:1-29 NIV

Job 19:1-29 NIV [1] Then Job replied: [2] "How long will you torment me and crush me with words? [3] Ten times now you have reproached me; shamelessly you attack me. [4] If it is true that I have gone astray, my error remains my concern alone. [5] If indeed you would exalt yourselves above me and use my humiliation against me, [6] then know that God has wronged me and drawn his net around me. [7] "Though I cry, 'Violence!' I get no response; though I call for help, there is no justice. [8] He has blocked my way so I cannot pass; he has shrouded my paths in darkness. [9] He has stripped me of my honor and removed the crown from my head. [10] He tears me down on every side till I am gone; he uproots my hope like a tree. [11] His anger burns against me; he counts me among his enemies. [12] His troops advance in force; they build a siege ramp against me and encamp around my tent. [13] "He has alienated my family from me; my acquaintances are completely estranged from me. [14] My relatives have gone away; my closest friends have forgotten me. [15] My guests and my female servants count me a foreigner; they look on me as on a stranger. [16] I summon my servant, but he does not answer, though I beg him with my own mouth. [17] My breath is offensive to my wife; I am loathsome to my own family. [18] Even the little boys scorn me; when I appear, they ridicule me. [19] All my intimate friends detest me; those I love have turned against me. [20] I am nothing but skin and bones; I have escaped only by the skin of my teeth. [21] "Have pity on me, my friends, have pity, for the hand of God has struck me. [22] Why do you pursue me as God does? Will you never get enough of my flesh? [23] "Oh, that my words were recorded, that they were written on a scroll, [24] that they were inscribed with an iron tool on lead, or engraved in rock forever! [25] I know that my redeemer lives, and that in the end he will stand on the earth. [26] And after my skin has been destroyed, yet in my flesh I will see God; [27] I myself will see him with my own eyes-I, and not another. How my heart yearns within me! [28] "If you say, 'How we will hound him, since the root of the trouble lies in him,' [29] you should fear the sword yourselves; for wrath will bring punishment by the sword, and then you will know that there is judgment."

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