19 Then Job replied:

“How long will you torment(A) me
    and crush(B) me with words?
Ten times(C) now you have reproached(D) me;
    shamelessly you attack me.
If it is true that I have gone astray,
    my error(E) remains my concern alone.
If indeed you would exalt yourselves above me(F)
    and use my humiliation against me,
then know that God has wronged me(G)
    and drawn his net(H) around me.(I)

“Though I cry, ‘Violence!’ I get no response;(J)
    though I call for help,(K) there is no justice.(L)
He has blocked my way so I cannot pass;(M)
    he has shrouded my paths in darkness.(N)
He has stripped(O) me of my honor(P)
    and removed the crown from my head.(Q)
10 He tears me down(R) on every side till I am gone;
    he uproots my hope(S) like a tree.(T)
11 His anger(U) burns against me;
    he counts me among his enemies.(V)
12 His troops advance in force;(W)
    they build a siege ramp(X) against me
    and encamp around my tent.(Y)

13 “He has alienated my family(Z) from me;
    my acquaintances are completely estranged from me.(AA)
14 My relatives have gone away;
    my closest friends(AB) have forgotten me.
15 My guests(AC) and my female servants(AD) count me a foreigner;
    they look on me as on a stranger.
16 I summon my servant, but he does not answer,
    though I beg him with my own mouth.
17 My breath is offensive to my wife;
    I am loathsome(AE) to my own family.
18 Even the little boys(AF) scorn me;
    when I appear, they ridicule me.(AG)
19 All my intimate friends(AH) detest me;(AI)
    those I love have turned against me.(AJ)
20 I am nothing but skin and bones;(AK)
    I have escaped only by the skin of my teeth.[a]

21 “Have pity on me, my friends,(AL) have pity,
    for the hand of God has struck(AM) me.
22 Why do you pursue(AN) me as God does?(AO)
    Will you never get enough of my flesh?(AP)

23 “Oh, that my words were recorded,
    that they were written on a scroll,(AQ)
24 that they were inscribed with an iron tool(AR) on[b] lead,
    or engraved in rock forever!(AS)
25 I know that my redeemer[c](AT) lives,(AU)
    and that in the end he will stand on the earth.[d]
26 And after my skin has been destroyed,
    yet[e] in[f] my flesh I will see God;(AV)
27 I myself will see him
    with my own eyes(AW)—I, and not another.
    How my heart yearns(AX) within me!

28 “If you say, ‘How we will hound(AY) him,
    since the root of the trouble lies in him,[g]
29 you should fear the sword yourselves;
    for wrath will bring punishment by the sword,(AZ)
    and then you will know that there is judgment.[h](BA)


20 Then Zophar the Naamathite(BB) replied:

“My troubled thoughts prompt me to answer
    because I am greatly disturbed.(BC)
I hear a rebuke(BD) that dishonors me,
    and my understanding inspires me to reply.

“Surely you know how it has been from of old,(BE)
    ever since mankind[i] was placed on the earth,
that the mirth of the wicked(BF) is brief,
    the joy of the godless(BG) lasts but a moment.(BH)
Though the pride(BI) of the godless person reaches to the heavens(BJ)
    and his head touches the clouds,(BK)
he will perish forever,(BL) like his own dung;
    those who have seen him will say, ‘Where is he?’(BM)
Like a dream(BN) he flies away,(BO) no more to be found,
    banished(BP) like a vision of the night.(BQ)
The eye that saw him will not see him again;
    his place will look on him no more.(BR)
10 His children(BS) must make amends to the poor;
    his own hands must give back his wealth.(BT)
11 The youthful vigor(BU) that fills his bones(BV)
    will lie with him in the dust.(BW)

12 “Though evil(BX) is sweet in his mouth
    and he hides it under his tongue,(BY)
13 though he cannot bear to let it go
    and lets it linger in his mouth,(BZ)
14 yet his food will turn sour in his stomach;(CA)
    it will become the venom of serpents(CB) within him.
15 He will spit out the riches(CC) he swallowed;
    God will make his stomach vomit(CD) them up.
16 He will suck the poison(CE) of serpents;
    the fangs of an adder will kill him.(CF)
17 He will not enjoy the streams,
    the rivers(CG) flowing with honey(CH) and cream.(CI)
18 What he toiled for he must give back uneaten;(CJ)
    he will not enjoy the profit from his trading.(CK)
19 For he has oppressed the poor(CL) and left them destitute;(CM)
    he has seized houses(CN) he did not build.

20 “Surely he will have no respite from his craving;(CO)
    he cannot save himself by his treasure.(CP)
21 Nothing is left for him to devour;
    his prosperity will not endure.(CQ)
22 In the midst of his plenty, distress will overtake him;(CR)
    the full force of misery will come upon him.(CS)
23 When he has filled his belly,(CT)
    God will vent his burning anger(CU) against him
    and rain down his blows on him.(CV)
24 Though he flees(CW) from an iron weapon,
    a bronze-tipped arrow pierces him.(CX)
25 He pulls it out of his back,
    the gleaming point out of his liver.
Terrors(CY) will come over him;(CZ)
26     total darkness(DA) lies in wait for his treasures.
A fire(DB) unfanned will consume him(DC)
    and devour what is left in his tent.(DD)
27 The heavens will expose his guilt;
    the earth will rise up against him.(DE)
28 A flood will carry off his house,(DF)
    rushing waters[j] on the day of God’s wrath.(DG)
29 Such is the fate God allots the wicked,
    the heritage appointed for them by God.”(DH)


  1. Job 19:20 Or only by my gums
  2. Job 19:24 Or and
  3. Job 19:25 Or vindicator
  4. Job 19:25 Or on my grave
  5. Job 19:26 Or And after I awake, / though this body has been destroyed, / then
  6. Job 19:26 Or destroyed, / apart from
  7. Job 19:28 Many Hebrew manuscripts, Septuagint and Vulgate; most Hebrew manuscripts me
  8. Job 19:29 Or sword, / that you may come to know the Almighty
  9. Job 20:4 Or Adam
  10. Job 20:28 Or The possessions in his house will be carried off, / washed away