1: Then Job answered and said,
2: How long will ye vex my soul, and break me in pieces with words?
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: If indeed ye will magnify yourselves against me, and plead against me my reproach:
6: Know now that God hath overthrown me, and hath compassed me with his net.
7: :Behold, I cry out of wrong, but I am not heard: I cry aloud, but there is no judgment.
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: He hath also kindled his wrath against me, and he counteth me unto him 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 put my brethren far from me, and mine acquaintance are verily estranged from me.
14: My kinsfolk have failed, and my familiar friends have 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 servant, and he gave me no answer; I intreated 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: Yea, young children despised me; I arose, and they spake against me.
19: All my inward friends abhorred me: and they whom I loved 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 words were now written! oh that they were printed in a book!
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: Whom I shall see for myself, and mine eyes shall behold, and not another; though my reins be 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.