1 Then Job 1responded,
2 “How long will you torment 1me
And crush me with words?
You are not ashamed to wrong me.
My error lodges with me.
5 “If indeed you avaunt yourselves against me
And prove my disgrace to me,
6 Know then that aGod has wronged me
And has closed bHis net around me.
7 “Behold, aI cry, ‘Violence!’ but I get no answer;
I shout for help, but there is no justice.
8 “He has awalled up my way so that I cannot pass,
And He has put bdarkness on my paths.
9 “He has astripped my honor from me
And removed the bcrown from my head.
10 “He abreaks me down on every side, and I am gone;
11 “He has also akindled His anger against me
And bconsidered me as His enemy.
12 “His atroops come together,
And camp around my tent.
13 “He has aremoved my brothers far from me,
And my bacquaintances are completely estranged from me.
And my aintimate friends have forgotten me.
I am a foreigner in their sight.
I have to implore him with my mouth.
17 “My breath is 1offensive to my wife,
And I am loathsome to my own brothers.
I rise up and they speak against me.
And those I love have turned against me.
20 “My abone clings to my skin and my flesh,
And I have escaped only by the skin of my teeth.
For the ahand of God has struck me.
22 “Why do you apersecute me as God does,
And are not satisfied with my flesh?
23 “Oh that my words were written!
Oh that they were ainscribed in a book!
They were engraved in the rock forever!
26 “Even after my skin 1is destroyed,
Yet from my flesh I shall asee God;
27 Whom I 1myself shall behold,
And whom my eyes will see and not another.
28 “If you say, ‘How shall we apersecute him?’
And ‘1What pretext for a case against him can we find?’
29 “Then be afraid of athe sword for yourselves,
For wrath brings the punishment of the sword,
So that you may know bthere is judgment.”
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