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Job 19 :: English Standard Version (ESV)

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Job Replies: My Redeemer Lives

Unchecked Copy BoxJob 19:1 - Then Job answered and said:
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 19:2 - “How long will you torment me
and break me in pieces with words?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 19:3 - These ten times you have cast reproach upon me;
are you not ashamed to wrong me?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 19:4 - And even if it be true that I have erred,
my error remains with myself.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 19:5 - If indeed you magnify yourselves against me
and make my disgrace an argument against me,
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 19:6 - know then that God has put me in the wrong
and closed his net about me.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 19:7 - Behold, I cry out, ‘Violence!’ but I am not answered;
I call for help, but there is no justice.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 19:8 - He has walled up my way, so that I cannot pass,
and he has set darkness upon my paths.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 19:9 - He has stripped from me my glory
and taken the crown from my head.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 19:10 - He breaks me down on every side, and I am gone,
and my hope has he pulled up like a tree.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 19:11 - He has kindled his wrath against me
and counts me as his adversary.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 19:12 - His troops come on together;
they have cast up their siege ramp[fn] against me
and encamp around my tent.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 19:13 - “He has put my brothers far from me,
and those who knew me are wholly estranged from me.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 19:14 - My relatives have failed me,
my close friends have forgotten me.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 19:15 - The guests in my house and my maidservants count me as a stranger;
I have become a foreigner in their eyes.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 19:16 - I call to my servant, but he gives me no answer;
I must plead with him with my mouth for mercy.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 19:17 - My breath is strange to my wife,
and I am a stench to the children of my own mother.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 19:18 - Even young children despise me;
when I rise they talk against me.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 19:19 - All my intimate friends abhor me,
and those whom I loved have turned against me.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 19:20 - My bones stick to my skin and to my flesh,
and I have escaped by the skin of my teeth.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 19:21 - Have mercy on me, have mercy on me, O you my friends,
for the hand of God has touched me!
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 19:22 - Why do you, like God, pursue me?
Why are you not satisfied with my flesh?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 19:23 - “Oh that my words were written!
Oh that they were inscribed in a book!
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 19:24 - Oh that with an iron pen and lead
they were engraved in the rock forever!
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 19:25 - For I know that my Redeemer lives,
and at the last he will stand upon the earth.[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 19:26 - And after my skin has been thus destroyed,
yet in[fn] my flesh I shall see God,
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 19:27 - whom I shall see for myself,
and my eyes shall behold, and not another.
My heart faints within me!
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 19:28 - If you say, ‘How we will pursue him!’
and, ‘The root of the matter is found in him,’[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 19:29 - be afraid of the sword,
for wrath brings the punishment of the sword,
that you may know there is a judgment.”
ESV Footnotes
Hebrew their way
Hebrew dust
Or without
Many Hebrew manuscripts in me

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