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Job Trusts in His Redeemer

19 Then Job answered and said:

2 “How long will you torment my soul,

And break me in pieces with words?

3 These ten times you have 1reproached me;

You are not ashamed that you 2have wronged me.

4 And if indeed I have erred,

My error remains with me.

5 If indeed you aexalt yourselves against me,

And plead my disgrace against me,

6 Know then that bGod has wronged me,

And has surrounded me with His net.

7 “If I cry out concerning 3wrong, I am not heard.

If I cry aloud, there is no justice.

8 cHe has 4fenced up my way, so that I cannot pass;

And He has set darkness in my paths.

9 dHe has stripped me of my glory,

And taken the crown from my head.

10 He breaks me down on every side,

And I am gone;

My ehope He has uprooted like a tree.

11 He has also kindled His wrath against me,

And fHe counts me as one of His enemies.

12 His troops come together

And build up their road against me;

They encamp all around my tent.

13 “He ghas removed my brothers far from me,

And my acquaintances are completely estranged from me.

14 My relatives have failed,

And my close friends have forgotten me.

15 Those who dwell in my house, and my maidservants,

Count me as a stranger;

I am an alien in their sight.

16 I call my servant, but he gives no answer;

I beg him with my mouth.

17 My breath is offensive to my wife,

And I am 5repulsive to the children of my own body.

18 Even hyoung children despise me;

I arise, and they speak against me.

19 iAll my close friends abhor me,

And those whom I love have turned against me.

20 jMy bone clings to my skin and to my flesh,

And I have escaped by the skin of my teeth.

21 “Have pity on me, have pity on me, O you my friends,

For the hand of God has struck me!

22 Why do you kpersecute me as God does,

And are not satisfied with my flesh?

23 “Oh, that my words were written!

Oh, that they were inscribed in a book!

24 That they were engraved on a rock

With an iron pen and lead, forever!

25 For I know that my Redeemer lives,

And He shall stand at last on the earth;

26 And after my skin is 6destroyed, this I know,

That lin my flesh I shall see God,

27 Whom I shall see for myself,

And my eyes shall behold, and not another.

How my 7heart yearns within me!

28 If you should say, ‘How shall we persecute him?’—

Since the root of the matter is found in me,

29 Be afraid of the sword for yourselves;

For wrath brings the punishment of the sword,

That you may know there is a judgment.”


About The New King James Version

The New King James Version is a total update of the 1611 King James Version, also known as the "Authorized Version." Every attempt has been made to maintain the beauty of the original version while updating the English grammar to contemporary style and usage. The result is much better "readability." It is noteworthy that the NKJV is one of the few modern translations still based on the "Western" or "Byzantine" manuscript tradition. This makes the New King James Version an invaluable aid to comparative English Bible study.


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