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Job’s Despondent Prayer

20 “Only ltwo things do not do to me,

Then I will not hide myself from You:

21 mWithdraw Your hand far from me,

And let not the dread of You make me afraid.

22 Then call, and I will nanswer;

Or let me speak, then You respond to me.

23 How many are my iniquities and sins?

Make me know my transgression and my sin.

24 oWhy do You hide Your face,

And pregard me as Your enemy?

25 qWill You frighten a leaf driven to and fro?

And will You pursue dry stubble?

26 For You write bitter things against me,

And rmake me inherit the iniquities of my youth.

27 sYou put my feet in the stocks,

And watch closely all my paths.

You 4set a limit for the 5soles of my feet.

28Man 6decays like a rotten thing,

Like a garment that is moth-eaten.


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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