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Job - Chapter 019

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Job answered and said:

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How long will ye vex my soul, and crush me with words?

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These ten times have ye reproached me; ye are not ashamed that ye deal harshly with me.

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And be it indeed that I have erred, mine error remaineth with myself.

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If indeed ye will magnify yourselves against me, and plead against me my reproach;

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Know now that God hath subverted my cause, and hath compassed me with His net.

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Behold, I cry out: 'Violence!' but I am not heard; I cry aloud, but there is no justice.

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He hath fenced up my way that I cannot pass, and hath set darkness in my paths.

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He hath stripped me of my glory, and taken the crown from my head.

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He hath broken me down on every side, and I am gone; and my hope hath He plucked up like a tree.

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He hath also kindled His wrath against me, and He counteth me unto Him as one of His adversaries.

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His troops come on together, and cast up their way against me, and encamp round about my tent.

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He hath put my brethren far from me, and mine acquaintance are wholly estranged from me.

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My kinsfolk have failed, and my familiar friends have forgotten me.

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They that dwell in my house, and my maids, count me for a stranger; I am become an alien in their sight.

Continued...

19:16
I call unto my servant, and he giveth me no answer, though I entreat him with my mouth.

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My breath is abhorred of my wife, and I am loathsome to the children of my tribe.

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Even urchins despised me; if I arise, they speak against me.

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All my intimate friends abhor me; and they whom I loved are turned against me.

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My bone cleaveth to my skin and to my flesh, and I am escaped with the skin of my teeth.

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Have pity upon me, have pity upon me, O ye my friends; for the hand of God hath touched me.

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Why do ye persecute me as God, and are not satisfied with my flesh?

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Oh that my words were now written! Oh that they were inscribed in a book!

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That with an iron pen and lead they were graven in the rock for ever!

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But as for me, I know that my Redeemer liveth, and that He will witness at the last upon the dust;

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And when after my skin this is destroyed, then without my flesh shall I see God;

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Whom I, even I, shall see for myself, and mine eyes shall behold, and not another's. My reins are consumed within me.

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If ye say: 'How we will persecute him!' seeing that the root of the matter is found in me;

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Be ye afraid of the sword; for wrath bringeth the punishments of the sword, that ye may know there is a judgment.

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-- Job - Chapter 019 --





 
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