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Job Answers Bildad

19 Then Job answered:

“How long will you hurt me
    and crush me with your words?
You have insulted me ten times now.
    You attack me without shame.
If I have sinned,
    it is my worry alone.
Maybe you want to make yourselves look better than I do
    so you can blame me for my suffering.
Then know that God has wronged me.
    He has pulled his net around me.

“I shout, ‘I have been wronged!’
    But I get no answer.
I call loudly for help,
    but I receive no justice.
God has blocked my way so I cannot pass.
    He has covered my paths with darkness.
He has taken away my honor.
    He has removed the crown from my head.
10 He beats me down on every side until I am gone.
    He pulls up my hope as a tree is pulled up by its roots.
11 His anger burns against me.
    And he treats me as one of his enemies.
12 His 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.
14 My relatives have gone away.
    My friends have forgotten me.
15 My guests and my women servants think of me as a stranger.
    They look at me as if I were a foreigner.
16 I call for my servant, but he does not answer.
    I even beg him with my own mouth.
17 My wife hates my breath.
    My own family hates me.
18 Even the little boys hate me.
    When I leave, they talk about me.
19 All my close friends hate me.
    Even those I love have turned against me.
20 I am nothing but skin and bones.
    I have escaped with only the skin of my teeth.
21 Pity me, my friends. Pity me!
    The hand of God has hit me.
22 Why 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.
24 I wish they were carved with an iron pen into lead,
    or carved into stone forever!
25 I know that my Defender lives.
    And in the end he will come to show that I am right.
26 Even after my skin has been destroyed,
    in my flesh I will still see God.
27 I 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.’
29 But 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.”

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