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19 And Job proceeded to answer and say: 2 “How long will YOU men keep irritating my soul+ And keep crushing me with words?+ 3 These ten times YOU proceeded to rebuke me; YOU are not ashamed [that] YOU deal so hard with me.+ 4 And, granted that I have made a mistake,+ It is with me that my mistake will lodge.* 5 If for a fact against me YOU men do put on great airs,+ And YOU show my reproach to be proper against me,+ 6 KNOW, then, that God* himself has misled me, And his hunting net he has closed in upon me.+ 7 Look! I keep crying out, ‘Violence!’ but I get no answer;+ I keep crying for help, but there is no justice.+ 8 My very path he has blocked with a stone wall,+ and I cannot pass over; And upon my roadways he puts darkness itself.+ 9 My own glory he has stripped from me,+ And he takes away the crown of my head. 10 He pulls me down on all sides, and I go away; And he pulls my hope out just like a tree. 11 His anger also grows hot against me,+ And he keeps reckoning me as an adversary of his. 12 Unitedly his troops come and cast up their way against me,+ And they camp round about my tent. 13 My own brothers he has put far away from me,+ And the very ones knowing me have even turned aside from me. 14 My intimate acquaintances* have ceased to be,+ And those known by me have themselves forgotten me, 15 Those residing as aliens in my house;+ and my slave girls themselves reckon me as a stranger; A real foreigner I have become in their eyes. 16 To my servant I have called, but he does not answer. With my own mouth I keep imploring him for compassion. 17 My breath* itself has become loathsome to my wife,+ And I have become foul-smelling to the sons of my [mother’s] belly. 18 Also young boys themselves have rejected me;+ Let me but rise up, and they begin to speak against me. 19 All the men of my intimate group detest me,+ And those whom I loved have turned against me.+ 20 To my skin and to my flesh my bones actually cleave,+ And I escape with the skin of my teeth.* 21 Show me some favor, show me some favor, O YOU my companions,+ For God’s* own hand has touched me.+ 22 Why do YOU men keep persecuting me as God* does,+ And not become satisfied with my very flesh? 23 O that now my words were written down! O that in a book they were even inscribed! 24 With an iron stylus+ and [with] lead, Forever in the rock O that they were hewn! 25 And I myself well know that my redeemer*+ is alive, And that, coming after [me], he will rise up+ over [the] dust. 26 And after my skin, [which] they have skinned off,—this! Yet reduced in my flesh* I shall behold God,* 27 Whom even I shall behold for myself,+ And [whom] my very eyes will certainly see, but not some stranger. My kidneys have failed deep within me. 28 For YOU men say, ‘Why do we keep persecuting+ him?’ When the very root of [the] matter is found in me.* 29 Be frightened for yourselves because of a sword,+ For the sword means a raging against errors, In order that YOU men may know there is a judge.”*+
^ LXX adds: “by saying a thing that was not necessary, and my sayings (utterances) are mistaken (err) and not seasonable (timely).”
^ “God.” Heb., ʼElohʹah, sing. of ʼElo·himʹ.
^ Or, “My relations.”
^ “My breath (spirit).” Heb., ru·chiʹ; Lat., haʹli·tum.
^ “And my flesh becomes hairless in my teeth,” by another derivation of the verb and some corrections of M. Compare 13:14.
^ “God’s.” Heb., ʼElohʹah.
^ “God.” Heb., ʼEl.
^ “My redeemer (repurchaser).” By extension of thought, “my avenger (vindicator).” Heb., goʹʼali; Lat., re·demʹptor. See Nu 35:21; Ps 19:14; Pr 23:11; Isa 63:16; Jer 50:34.
^ Lit., “Yet out of my flesh,” or, “Yet apart from my flesh.”
^ “God.” Heb., ʼElohʹah.
^ According to M; LXX, “we shall find in him.”