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Job 19 :: New King James Version (NKJV)

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Job Trusts in His Redeemer
Job Trusts in His Redeemer
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 19:1 - Then Job answered and said:
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 19:2 - “How long will you torment my soul,
And break me in pieces with words?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 19:3 - These ten times you have reproached me;
You are not ashamed that you have wronged me.[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 19:4 - And if indeed I have erred,
My error remains with me.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 19:5 - If indeed you exalt yourselves against me,
And plead my disgrace against me,
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 19:6 - Know then that God has wronged me,
And has surrounded me with His net.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 19:7 - “If I cry out concerning wrong, I am not heard.
If I cry aloud, there is no justice.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 19:8 - He has fenced up my way, so that I cannot pass;
And He has set darkness in my paths.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 19:9 - He has stripped me of 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;
My hope He has uprooted like a tree.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 19:11 - He has also kindled His wrath against me,
And He counts me as one of His enemies.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 19:12 - His troops come together
And build up their road against me;
They encamp all around my tent.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 19:13 - “He has removed my brothers far from me,
And my acquaintances are completely estranged from me.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 19:14 - My relatives have failed,
And my close friends have forgotten me.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 19:15 - Those who dwell in my house, and my maidservants,
Count me as a stranger;
I am an alien in their sight.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 19:16 - I call my servant, but he gives no answer;
I beg him with my mouth.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 19:17 - My breath is offensive to my wife,
And I am repulsive to the children of my own body.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 19:18 - Even young children despise me;
I arise, and they speak against me.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 19:19 - All my close friends abhor me,
And those whom I love have turned against me.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 19:20 - My bone clings to my skin and to my flesh,
And I have escaped by the skin of my teeth.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 19:21 - “Have pity on me, have pity on me, O you my friends,
For the hand of God has struck me!
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 19:22 - Why do you persecute me as God does,
And are 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 - That they were engraved on a rock
With an iron pen and lead, forever!
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 19:25 - For I know that my Redeemer lives,
And He shall stand at last on the earth;
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 19:26 - And after my skin is destroyed, this I know,
That in 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.
How my heart yearns within me!
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 19:28 - If you should say, ‘How shall we persecute him?’—
Since the root of the matter is found in me,
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 19:29 - Be afraid of the sword for yourselves;
For wrath brings the punishment of the sword,
That you may know there is a judgment.”
NKJV Footnotes
A Jewish tradition reads make yourselves strange to me.

New King James Version, © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. All rights reserved. Used by permission.

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