Job's Faith That God Will Vindicate Him
1Then Job answered and said,
2How long will ye vex my soul,
and break me in pieces with words?
3These ten times have ye reproached me:
ye are not ashamed that ye make yourselves strange to me.
4And be it indeed that I have erred,
mine error remaineth with myself.
5If indeed ye will magnify yourselves against me,
and plead against me my reproach;
6know now that God hath overthrown me,
and hath compassed me with his net.
7Behold, I cry out of wrong, but I am not heard:
I cry aloud, but there is no judgment.
8He hath fenced up my way that I cannot pass,
and he hath set darkness in my paths.
9He hath stripped me of my glory,
and taken the crown from my head.
10He hath destroyed me on every side, and I am gone:
and mine hope hath he removed like a tree.
11He hath also kindled his wrath against me,
and he counteth me unto him as one of his enemies.
12His troops come together, and raise up their way against me,
and encamp round about my tabernacle.
13He hath put my brethren far from me,
and mine acquaintance are verily estranged from me.
14My kinsfolk have failed,
and my familiar friends have forgotten me.
15They that dwell in mine house, and my maids,
count me for a stranger:
I am an alien in their sight.
16I called my servant, and he gave me no answer;
I entreated him with my mouth.
17My breath is strange to my wife,
though I entreated for the children's sake of mine own body.
18Yea, young children despised me;
I arose, and they spake against me.
19All my inward friends abhorred me:
and they whom I loved are turned against me.
20My bone cleaveth to my skin and to my flesh,
and I am escaped with the skin of my teeth.
21Have pity upon me, have pity upon me, O ye my friends;
for the hand of God hath touched me.
22Why do ye persecute me as God,
and are not satisfied with my flesh?
23Oh that my words were now written!
Oh that they were printed in a book!
24That they were graven with an iron pen and lead
in the rock for ever!
25For I know that my Redeemer liveth,
and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth:
26and though after my skin worms destroy this body,
yet in my flesh shall I see God:
27whom I shall see for myself,
and mine eyes shall behold, and not another;
though my reins be consumed within me.
28But ye should say, Why persecute we him,
seeing the root of the matter is found in me?
29Be ye afraid of the sword:
for wrath bringeth the punishments of the sword,
that ye may know there is a judgment.