Job 19

1Then Job answered: 2“How long will you hurt me and break me with words? 3You have insulted me ten times now. You show no shame when you attack me! 4Even if I have sinned, it is my problem. It does not hurt you. 5You just want to make yourselves look better than me. You say that my troubles are my own fault. 6But it is God who did wrong to me. He set his trap to catch me. 7I shout, 'He hurt me!’ But I get no answer. Even if I call loudly for help, no person hears my cry for fairness. 8God has blocked my way so I can’t go through. He has hidden my path in darkness. 9God took away my honor. He took the crown from my head. 10God hits me from every side until I am finished. He takes away my hope like a tree pulled up by the roots. 11God’s anger burns against me. He calls me his enemy. 12God sends his army to attack me. They build attack towers around me. They camp around my tent. 13“God has made my brothers hate me. I am a stranger to all my friends. 14My relatives have left me. My friends have forgotten me. 15Visitors in my home and my girl servants look at me like I am a stranger and a foreigner. 16I call for my servant, but he does not answer. Even if I beg for help, my servant will not answer. 17My wife hates the smell of my breath. My own brothers hate me. 18Even little children make fun of me. When I come near them, they say bad things to me. 19All my close friends hate me. Even the people I love turned against me. 20“I am so thin, my skin hangs loose on my bones. I have little life left in me. 21“Pity me, my friends, pity me! Why? Because God is against me. 22Why do you persecute me like God does? Don’t you get tired of hurting me? 23“I wish someone would remember what I say and write it in a book. I wish my words were written on a scroll. 24I wish the things I say were carved with an iron tool on lead or scratched on a rock so they would last forever. 25I know there is someone to defend me. I know he lives! And in the end he will stand here on earth and defend me. 26After I leave my body and my skin has been destroyed, I know I will still see God. 27I will see God with my own eyes. I myself, not someone else, will see God, And I can’t tell you how excited that makes me feel! 28“Maybe you will say, 'We will bother Job. We will find a reason to blame him!’ 29But you yourselves should be afraid of the sword! Why? Because God punishes guilty people. God will use the sword to punish you. Then you will know that there is a time of judgment.”

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