1-2Why do you keep tormenting me with words?
3Time after time you insult me
and show no shame for the way you abuse me.
4Even if I have done wrong,
how does that hurt you?
5You think you are better than I am,
and regard my troubles as proof of my guilt.
6Can't you see it is God who has done this?
He has set a trap to catch me.
7I protest against his violence,
but no one is listening;
no one hears my cry for justice.
8God has blocked the way, and I can't get through;
he has hidden my path in darkness.
9He has taken away all my wealth
and destroyed my reputation.
10He batters me from every side.
He uproots my hope
and leaves me to wither and die.
11God is angry and rages against me;
he treats me like his worst enemy.
12He sends his army to attack me;
they dig trenches and lay siege to my tent.
13God has made my own family forsake me;
I am a stranger to those who knew me;
14my relatives and friends are gone.
15Those who were guests in my house have forgotten me;
my servant women treat me like a stranger and a foreigner.
16When I call a servant, he doesn't answer —
even when I beg him to help me.
17My wife can't stand the smell of my breath,
and my own brothers won't come near me.
18Children despise me and laugh when they see me.
19My closest friends look at me with disgust;
those I loved most have turned against me.
20My skin hangs loose on my bones;
I have barely escaped with my life.#19.20 Verse 20 in Hebrew is unclear.
21You are my friends! Take pity on me!
The hand of God has struck me down.
22Why must you persecute me as God does?
Haven't you tormented me enough?
23How I wish that someone would remember my words
and record them in a book!
24Or with a chisel carve my words in stone
and write them so that they would last for ever.#19.24 last for ever; or be on record.
25But I know there is someone in heaven
who will come at last to my defence.
26Even after my skin is eaten by disease,
while still in this body#19.26 while still in this body; or although not in this body. I will see God.#19.26 Verse 26 in Hebrew is unclear.
27I will see him with my own eyes,
and he will not be a stranger.
My courage failed because you said,
28“How can we torment him?”
You looked for some excuse to attack me.
29But now, be afraid of the sword —
the sword that brings God's wrath on sin,
so that you will know there is one who judges.#19.29 one who judges; or a judgement.