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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,
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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.
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;
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Whom I will see on my side, and not as one strange to me. My heart is broken with desire.
If you say, How cruel we will be to him! because the root of sin is clearly in him:
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.