Holman Christian Standard Bible
Job’s Reply to Bildad
19 Then Job answered:
2 How long will you torment me
and crush me with words?
3 You have humiliated me ten times now,
and you mistreat[a] me without shame.(A)
4 Even if it is true that I have sinned,
my mistake concerns only[b] me.
5 If you really want to appear superior(B) to me
and would use my disgrace as evidence against me,
6 then understand that it is God who has wronged me
and caught me in His net.(C)
7 I cry out: “Violence!” but get no response;(D)
I call for help, but there is no justice.
8 He has blocked(E) my way so that I cannot pass through;
He has veiled my paths with darkness.(F)
9 He has stripped me of my honor
and removed the crown from my head.
10 He tears me down on every side so that I am ruined.[c]
He uproots my hope like a tree.(G)
11 His anger(H) burns against me,
and He regards me as one of His enemies.(I)
12 His troops advance together;
they construct a ramp[d] against me
and camp(J) around my tent.
13 He has removed my brothers from me;
my acquaintances have abandoned me.(K)
14 My relatives stop coming by,
and my close friends have forgotten me.
15 My house guests[e] and female servants regard me as a stranger;
I am a foreigner in their sight.(L)
16 I call for my servant, but he does not answer,
even if I beg him with my own mouth.
17 My breath is offensive to my wife,
and my own family[f] finds me repulsive.
18 Even young boys scorn me.
When I stand up, they mock me.(M)
19 All of my best friends[g] despise me,(N)
and those I love have turned against me.(O)
20 My skin and my flesh cling to my bones;
I have escaped by the skin of my teeth.
23 I wish that my words were written down,
that they were recorded on a scroll
24 or were inscribed in stone forever
by an iron stylus and lead!
25 But I know my living Redeemer,[h](S)
and He will stand on the dust[i] at last.[j](T)
26 Even after my skin has been destroyed,[k]
yet I will see God in[l] my flesh.(U)
27 I will see Him myself;
my eyes will look at Him, and not as a stranger.[m]
My heart longs[n] within me.(V)
28 If you say, “How will we pursue him,
since the root of the problem lies with him?”[o]
29 then be afraid of the sword,
because wrath brings punishment by the sword,(W)
so that you may know there is a judgment.
- Job 19:3 Hb obscure
- Job 19:4 Lit mistake lives with
- Job 19:10 Lit gone
- Job 19:12 Lit they raise up their way
- Job 19:15 Or The resident aliens in my household
- Job 19:17 Lit and the sons of my belly
- Job 19:19 Lit of the men of my council
- Job 19:25 Or know that my Redeemer is living
- Job 19:25 Or earth
- Job 19:25 Or dust at the last, or dust as the Last One
- Job 19:26 Lit skin which they destroyed, or skin they destroyed in this way
- Job 19:26 Or apart from
- Job 19:27 Or not a stranger
- Job 19:27 Lit My kidneys grow faint
- Job 19:28 Some Hb mss, LXX, Vg; other Hb mss read me