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Job 19

See commentary, Who Else Will Put Up Security For Me?, Job 17-21     |     See Bible Dictionary

Job, complaining of his friends' cruelty, shews there is misery enough in him to feed their cruelty.

19:1 Then Job answered,

19:2 “How long will you torment me,
and crush me with words?

19:3 You have reproached me ten times.
You aren’t ashamed that you attack me.

19:4 If it is true that I have erred,
my error remains with myself.

19:5 If indeed you will magnify yourselves against me,
and plead against me my reproach;

19:6 know now that God has subverted me,
and has surrounded me with his net.

19:7 “Behold, I cry out of wrong, but I am not heard.
I cry for help, but there is no justice.

19:8 He has walled up my way so that I can’t pass,
and has set darkness in my paths.

19:9 He has stripped me of my glory,
and taken the crown from my head.

19:10 He has broken me down on every side, and I am gone.
My hope he has plucked up like a tree.

19:11 He has also kindled his wrath against me.
He counts me among his adversaries.

19:12 His troops come on together,
build a siege ramp against me,
and encamp around my tent.

19:13 “He has put my brothers far from me. *
My acquaintances are wholly estranged from me. *

19:14 My relatives have gone away.
My familiar friends have forgotten me.

19:15 Those who dwell in my house, and my maids, count me for a stranger.
I am an alien in their sight.

19:16 I call to my servant, and he gives me no answer.
I beg him with my mouth.

19:17 My breath is offensive to my wife.
I am loathsome to the children of my own mother.

19:18 Even young children despise me.
If I arise, they speak against me.

19:19 All my familiar friends abhor me.
They whom I loved have turned against me.

19:20 My bones stick to my skin and to my flesh.
I have escaped by the skin of my teeth.

He craves pity.

19:21 “Have pity on me, have pity on me, you my friends;
for the hand of God has touched me.

19:22 Why do you persecute me as God,
and are not satisfied with my flesh?

He believes the resurrection.

19:23 “Oh that my words were now written!
Oh that they were inscribed in a book!

19:24 That with an iron pen and lead
they were engraved in the rock forever!

19:25 But as for me, I know that my Redeemer lives.
In the end, he will stand upon the earth.

19:26 After my skin is destroyed,
then in my flesh shall I see God,

19:27 Whom I, even I, shall see on my side.
My eyes shall see, and not as a stranger.
“My heart is consumed within me.

19:28 If you say,

‘How we will persecute him!’
because the root of the matter is found in me,

19:29 be afraid of the sword,
for wrath brings the punishments of the sword,
that you may know there is a judgment.”

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