Job 19
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Job’s Reply to Bildad

1Then Job answered:

2How long will you torment me

and crush me with words?

3You have humiliated me ten times now,

and you mistreata me without shame. b

4Even if it is true that I have sinned,

my mistake concerns only c me.

5If you really want to appear superiord to me

and would use my disgrace as evidence against me,

6then understand that it is God who has wronged me

and caught me in His net. e

7I cry out: “Violence!” but get no response; f

I call for help, but there is no justice.

8He has blockedg my way so that I cannot pass through;

He has veiled my paths with darkness. h

9He has stripped me of my honor

and removed the crown from my head.

10He tears me down on every side so that I am ruined. i

He uproots my hope like a tree. j

11His angerk burns against me,

and He regards me as one of His enemies. l

12His troops advance together;

they construct a rampm against me

and campn around my tent.

13He has removed my brothers from me;

my acquaintances have abandoned me. o

14My relatives stop coming by,

and my close friends have forgotten me.

15My house guestsp and female servants regard me as a stranger;

I am a foreigner in their sight. q

16I call for my servant, but he does not answer,

even if I beg him with my own mouth.

17My breath is offensive to my wife,

and my own familyr finds me repulsive.

18Even young boys scorn me.

When I stand up, they mock me. s

19All of my best friendst despise me, u

and those I love have turned against me. v

20My skin and my flesh cling to my bones;

I have escaped by the skin of my teeth.

21Have mercy on me, my friends, w have mercy,

for God’s handx has struck me. y

22Why do you persecute me as God does?

Will you never get enough of my flesh?

23I wish that my words were written down,

that they were recorded on a scroll

24or were inscribed in stone forever

by an iron stylus and lead!

25But I know my living Redeemer, z  aa

and He will stand on the dustab at last. ac  ad

26Even after my skin has been destroyed, ae

yet I will see God inaf my flesh. ag

27I will see Him myself;

my eyes will look at Him, and not as a stranger. ah

My heart longsai within me. aj

28If you say, “How will we pursue him,

since the root of the problem lies with him? ” ak

29then be afraid of the sword,

because wrath brings punishment by the sword, al

so that you may know there is a judgment.

a. 19:3 Hb obscure
b. 19:3 Gn 31:7; Nm 14:22; Pr 25:8
c. 19:4 Lit mistake lives with
d. 19:5 Ps 35:26; 38:16; 55:12
e. 19:6 Jb 27:2; Lm 3:5; Ezk 12:13
f. 19:7 Jb 30:20; Lm 3:8; Hab 1:2
g. 19:8 Jb 3:23; Lm 3:9; Hs 2:6
h. 19:8 Jb 29:3; 30:26; Is 59:9
i. 19:10 Lit gone
j. 19:10 Dt 28:63; Jb 24:20; Ps 52:5
k. 19:11 Jb 16:9; 21:17; 40:11
l. 19:11 Jb 13:24; 33:10; Lm 2:5
m. 19:12 Lit they raise up their way
n. 19:12 Ps 27:3; Is 29:3; Jr 50:29
o. 19:13 Ps 31:11; 38:11; 88:8,18
p. 19:15 Or The resident aliens in my household
q. 19:15 Gn 31:15; Ps 69:8; Mt 10:36
r. 19:17 Lit and the sons of my belly
s. 19:18 2Kg 2:23; Jb 29:8
t. 19:19 Lit of the men of my council
u. 19:19 Jb 30:10; Ps 89:38; Am 5:10
v. 19:19 Ps 41:9; 55:11-12; Jn 13:18
w. 19:21 Jb 6:14; Ps 38:11; Pr 17:17
x. 19:21 Ru 1:13; Jb 12:9; Is 41:20
y. 19:21 Jb 1:11; 2:5; 6:7
z. 19:25 Or know that my Redeemer is living
aa. 19:25 Jb 16:19; Pr 23:11; Jr 50:34
ab. 19:25 Or earth
ac. 19:25 Or dust at the last, or dust as the Last One
ad. 19:25 Is 44:6; 48:12; Rv 1:17-18
ae. 19:26 Lit skin which they destroyed, or skin they destroyed in this way
af. 19:26 Or apart from
ag. 19:26 Ps 17:15; Is 6:1; 1Co 13:12
ah. 19:27 Or not a stranger
ai. 19:27 Lit My kidneys grow faint
aj. 19:27 Ps 73:26; 84:2; 119:81
ak. 19:28 Some Hb mss, LXX, Vg; other Hb mss read me
al. 19:29 Jb 15:22; Is 66:16; Ezk 32:10
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