Job: Have Pity on Me
1Job responded, saying:
2“How long will you torment my soul and crush me with words?
3Ten times now you have reproached me; you attack me shamelessly.
4But even if it is true that I have erred, my error remains with me.
5If indeed you would exalt yourselves above me and prove my humiliation against me,
6then know that God has wronged me and encircled me with His net.
7“Though I cry out, ‘Violence!’ I get no response. I cry for help, but there is no justice.
8He has blocked my way so I cannot pass, and has shrouded my path in darkness.
9He has stripped me of my honor, and removed the crown from my head.
10He tears me down on every side until I am gone; He uproots my hope like a tree.
11His anger burns against me, and He considers me among His enemies.
12His troops advance together; they build a siege ramp against me and encamp around my tent.
13“He removed my brothers far from me; my acquaintances are only strangers to me.
14My relatives have gone away and my close friends have forgotten me.
15My houseguests and my maidservants consider me a stranger. I have become a foreigner in their eyes.
16I call my servant but he does not reply though I beg him with my own mouth.
17My breath is repulsive to my wife; I am loathsome to my children.
18Even young children despise me; when I stand, they speak against me.
19All my close friends despise me; those I love have turned against me.
20My bones cling to my skin and my flesh; I have escaped only by the skin of my teeth.
21“Have pity on me my friends, have pity, for the hand of God has struck me.
22Why do you pursue me—like God? Are you not satisfied with my flesh?
23Oh that my words were written, that they were recorded in a scroll
24that with an iron pen and lead, they were engraved in stone forever!
My Redeemer Lives!
25“Yet I know that my Redeemer lives, and in the end, He will stand on earth.
26Even after my skin has been destroyed, yet in my flesh I will see God;
27I myself will see Him with my own eyes, I and not a stranger. My heart grows weak within me.
28“If you say, ‘How we will pursue him, since the root of the matter is found in him;’
29then you should fear the sword for yourselves; for wrath brings the punishments of the sword— so that you may know judgment!”