Job Answers Bildad
1Then Job answered:
2“How long will you hurt me
and crush me with your words?
3You have insulted me ten times now.
You attack me without shame.
4If I have sinned,
it is my worry alone.
5Maybe you want to make yourselves look better than I do
so you can blame me for my suffering.
6Then know that God has wronged me.
He has pulled his net around me.
7“I shout, ‘I have been wronged!’
But I get no answer.
I call loudly for help,
but I receive no justice.
8God has blocked my way so I cannot pass.
He has covered my paths with darkness.
9He has taken away my honor.
He has removed the crown from my head.
10He beats me down on every side until I am gone.
He pulls up my hope as a tree is pulled up by its roots.
11His anger burns against me.
And he treats me as one of his enemies.
12His armies gather.
They prepare a way to attack me.
They camp around my tent.
13“God has made my brothers my enemies.
My friends have become complete strangers.
14My relatives have gone away.
My friends have forgotten me.
15My guests and my women servants think of me as a stranger.
They look at me as if I were a foreigner.
16I call for my servant, but he does not answer.
I even beg him with my own mouth.
17My wife hates my breath.
My own family hates me.
18Even the little boys hate me.
When I leave, they talk about me.
19All my close friends hate me.
Even those I love have turned against me.
20I am nothing but skin and bones.
I have escaped with only the skin of my teeth.
21Pity me, my friends. Pity me!
The hand of God has hit me.
22Why do you chase me as God does?
Haven’t you had enough of hurting my body?
23“How I wish my words were written down.
I wish they were written on a scroll.
24I wish they were carved with an iron pen into lead,
or carved into stone forever!
25I know that my Defender lives.
And in the end he will come to show that I am right.
26Even after my skin has been destroyed,
in my flesh I will still see God.
27I will see him myself.
I myself will see him with my own eyes.
How my heart wants that to happen!
28“You may say, ‘We will continue to trouble Job.
The problem lies with him.’
29But you should be afraid of the sword yourselves.
God’s anger will bring punishment by the sword.
Then you will know that there is judgment.”