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1 Bvt Iob answered, and said,

2 Howe long will yee vexe my soule, and torment me with wordes?

3 These ten times have ye reproached me: ye are not ashamed [that] ye make yourselves strange to me.

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

5 But in deede if ye will aduance your selues against me, and rebuke me for my reproche,

6 Know now that God hath overthrown me, and hath compassed me with his net.

7 Beholde, I crie out of violence, but I haue none answere: I crie, but there is no iudgement.

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

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

10 He hath destroyed me on every side, and I am gone: and mine hope hath he removed like a tree.

11 And he hath kindled his wrath against me, and counteth mee as one of his enemies.

12 His troops come together, and raise up their way against me, and encamp round about my tabernacle.

13 He hath remooued my brethre farre from me, and also mine acquaintance were strangers vnto me.

14 My neighbours haue forsaken me, and my familiars haue forgotten me.

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

16 I called my seruant, but he would not answere, though I prayed him with my mouth.

17 My breath is strange to my wife, though I intreated for the children's [sake] of mine own body.

18 The wicked also despised mee, and when I rose, they spake against me.

19 All my secret friends abhorred me, & they whome I loued, are turned against me.

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

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

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

23 Oh that my wordes were nowe written! oh that they were written euen in a booke,

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

25 For I know [that] my redeemer liveth, and [that] he shall stand at the latter [day] upon the earth:

26 And [though] after my skin [worms] destroy this [body], yet in my flesh shall I see God:

27 Whome I my selfe shall see, and mine eyes shall beholde, and none other for me, though my reynes are consumed within me.

28 But ye should say, Why persecute we him, seeing the root of the matter is found in me?

29 Be ye afraid of the sword: for wrath [bringeth] the punishments of the sword, that ye may know [there is] a judgment.