1: Then Job answered,
2: "How long will you torment me, and crush me with words?
3: You have reproached me ten times. You aren't ashamed that you attack me.
4: If it is true that I have erred, my error remains with myself.
5: If indeed you will magnify yourselves against me, and plead against me my reproach;
6: know now that God has subverted me, and has surrounded me with his net.
7: "Behold, I cry out of wrong, but I am not heard. I cry for help, but there is no justice.
8: He has walled up my way so that I can't pass, and has set darkness in my paths.
9: He has stripped me of my glory, and taken the crown from my head.
10: He has broken me down on every side, and I am gone. My hope he has plucked up like a tree.
11: He has also kindled his wrath against me. He counts me among his adversaries.
12: His troops come on together, build a siege ramp against me, and encamp around my tent.
13: "He has put my brothers far from me. My acquaintances are wholly estranged from me.
14: My relatives have gone away. My familiar friends have forgotten me.
15: Those who dwell in my house, and my maids, count me for a stranger. I am an alien in their sight.
16: I call to my servant, and he gives me no answer. I beg him with my mouth.
17: My breath is offensive to my wife. I am loathsome to the children of my own mother.
18: Even young children despise me. If I arise, they speak against me.
19: All my familiar friends abhor me. They whom I loved have turned against me.
20: My bones stick to my skin and to my flesh. I have escaped by the skin of my teeth.
21: "Have pity on me, have pity on me, you my friends; for the hand of God has touched me.
22: Why do you persecute me as God, and are not satisfied with my flesh?
23: "Oh that my words were now written! Oh that they were inscribed in a book!
24: That with an iron pen and lead they were engraved in the rock forever!
25: But as for me, I know that my Redeemer lives. In the end, he will stand upon the earth.
26: After my skin is destroyed, then in my flesh shall I see God,
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.
28: If you say, 'How we will persecute him!' because the root of the matter is found in me,
29: be afraid of the sword, for wrath brings the punishments of the sword, that you may know there is a judgment."