Job 19

Job 19:1  
And Job made answer and said,

Job 19:2  
How long will you make my life bitter, crushing me with words?

Job 19:3  
Ten times now you have made sport of me; it gives you no sense of shame to do me wrong.

Job 19:4  
And, truly, if I have been in error, the effect of my error is only on myself.

Job 19:5  
If you make yourselves great against me, using my punishment as an argument against me,

Job 19:6  
Be certain that it is God who has done me wrong, and has taken me in his net.

Job 19:7  
Truly, I make an outcry against the violent man, but there is no answer: I give a cry for help, but no one takes up my cause.

Job 19:8  
My way is walled up by him so that I may not go by: he has made my roads dark.

Job 19:9  
He has put off my glory from me, and taken the crown from my head.

Job 19:10  
I am broken down by him on every side, and I am gone; my hope is uprooted like a tree.

Job 19:11  
His wrath is burning against me, and I am to him as one of his haters.

Job 19:12  
His armies come on together, they make their road high against me, and put up their tents round mine.

Job 19:13  
He has taken my brothers far away from me; they have seen my fate and have become strange to me.

Job 19:14  
My relations and my near friends have given me up, and those living in my house have put me out of their minds.

Job 19:15  
I am strange to my women-servants, and seem to them as one from another country.

Job 19:16  
At my cry my servant gives me no answer, and I have to make a prayer to him.

Job 19:17  
My breath is strange to my wife, and I am disgusting to the offspring of my mother's body.

Job 19:18  
Even young children have no respect for me; when I get up their backs are turned on me.

Job 19:19  
All the men of my circle keep away from me; and those dear to me are turned against me.

Job 19:20  
My bones are joined to my skin, and I have got away with my flesh in my teeth.

Job 19:21  
Have pity on me, have pity on me, O my friends! for the hand of God is on me.

Job 19:22  
Why are you cruel to me, like God, for ever saying evil against me?

Job 19:23  
If only my words might be recorded! if they might be put in writing in a book!

Job 19:24  
And with an iron pen and lead be cut into the rock for ever!

Job 19:25  
But I am certain that he who will take up my cause is living, and that in time to come he will take his place on the dust;

Job 19:26  
And...without my flesh I will see God;

Job 19:27  
Whom I will see on my side, and not as one strange to me. My heart is broken with desire.

Job 19:28  
If you say, How cruel we will be to him! because the root of sin is clearly in him:

Job 19:29  
Be in fear of the sword, for the sword is the punishment for such things, so that you may be certain that there is a judge.

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