Job’s Reply to Bildad
1Then Job answered:
2How long will you torment me
and crush me with words?
3You have humiliated me ten times now,
4Even if it is true that I have sinned,
my mistake concerns only19:4 Lit mistake lives with me.
and would use my disgrace as evidence against me,
6then understand that it is God who has wronged me
I call for help, but there is no justice.
9He has stripped me of my honor
and removed the crown from my head.
10He tears me down on every side so that I am ruined.19:10 Lit gone
12His troops advance together;
they construct a ramp19:12 Lit they raise up their way against me
13He has removed my brothers from me;
14My relatives stop coming by,
and my close friends have forgotten me.
15My house guests19:15 Or The resident aliens in my household and female servants regard me as a stranger;
16I call for my servant, but he does not answer,
even if I beg him with my own mouth.
17My breath is offensive to my wife,
and my own family19:17 Lit and the sons of my belly finds me repulsive.
18Even young boys scorn me.
20My skin and my flesh cling to my bones;
I have escaped with only the skin of my teeth.
22Why do you persecute me as God does?
Will you never get enough of my flesh?
23I wish that my words were written down,
that they were recorded on a scroll
24or were inscribed in stone forever
by an iron stylus and lead!
26Even after my skin has been destroyed,19:26 Lit skin which they destroyed, or skin they destroyed in this way
27I will see him myself;
my eyes will look at him, and not as a stranger.19:27 Or not a stranger
28If you say, “How will we pursue him,
since the root of the problem lies with him?” 19:28 Some Hb mss, LXX, Vg; other Hb mss read me
29then be afraid of the sword,
so that you may know there is a judgment.