13 He has removed my brothers from me;
my acquaintances have abandoned me.(A)
14 My relatives stop coming by,
and my close friends have forgotten me.
15 My house guests[a] and female servants regard me as a stranger;
I am a foreigner in their sight.(B)
16 I call for my servant, but he does not answer,
even if I beg him with my own mouth.
17 My breath is offensive to my wife,
and my own family[b] finds me repulsive.
18 Even young boys scorn me.
When I stand up, they mock me.(C)
19 All of my best friends[c] despise me,(D)
and those I love have turned against me.(E)
20 My skin and my flesh cling to my bones;
I have escaped by the skin of my teeth.

21 Have mercy on me, my friends,(F) have mercy,
for God’s hand(G) has struck me.(H)
22 Why do you persecute me as God does?
Will you never get enough of my flesh?

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  1. Job 19:15 Or The resident aliens in my household
  2. Job 19:17 Lit and the sons of my belly
  3. Job 19:19 Lit of the men of my council

11 I am ridiculed by all my adversaries
and even by my neighbors.
I am dreaded by my acquaintances;
those who see me in the street run from me.(A)

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