Job 19

1 Job said:

2 How long will you torture me with your words?

3 Isn't ten times enough for you to accuse me? Aren't you ashamed?

4 Even if I have sinned, you haven't been harmed.

5 You boast of your goodness, claiming I am suffering because I am guilty.

6 But God is the one at fault for finding fault with me.

7 Though I pray to be rescued from this torment, no whisper of justice answers me.

8 God has me trapped with a wall of darkness

9 and stripped of respect.

10 God rips me apart, uproots my hopes,

11 and attacks with fierce anger, as though I were his enemy.

12 His entire army advances, then surrounds my tent.

13 God has turned relatives and friends against me,

14 and I am forgotten.

15 My guests and my servants consider me a stranger,

16 and when I call my servants, they pay no attention.

17 My breath disgusts my wife; everyone in my family turns away.

18 Young children can't stand me, and when I come near, they make fun.

19 My best friends and loved ones have turned from me.

20 I am skin and bones-- just barely alive.

21 My friends, I beg you for pity! God has made me his target.

22 Hasn't he already done enough? Why do you join the attack?

23 I wish that my words could be written down

24 or chiseled into rock.

25 I know that my Savior lives, and at the end he will stand on this earth.

26 My flesh may be destroyed, yet from this body I will see God.

27 Yes, I will see him for myself, and I long for that moment.

28 My friends, you think up ways to blame and torment me, saying I brought it on myself.

29 But watch out for the judgment, when God will punish you!

The Contemporary English Version, c1995 by the American Bible Society.

Selected texts provided for use with the Hypertext Bible Commentary