19 All my intimate friends(A) detest me;(B)
    those I love have turned against me.(C)

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12 While Absalom was offering sacrifices, he also sent for Ahithophel(A) the Gilonite, David’s counselor,(B) to come from Giloh,(C) his hometown. And so the conspiracy gained strength, and Absalom’s following kept on increasing.(D)

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“I have become a laughingstock(A) to my friends,(B)
    though I called on God and he answered(C)
    a mere laughingstock, though righteous and blameless!(D)

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20 My intercessor(A) is my friend[a](B)
    as my eyes pour out(C) tears(D) to God;

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Footnotes

  1. Job 16:20 Or My friends treat me with scorn

18 You have taken from me friend(A) and neighbor—
    darkness is my closest friend.

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10 I hear many whispering,
    “Terror(A) on every side!
    Denounce(B) him! Let’s denounce him!”
All my friends(C)
    are waiting for me to slip,(D) saying,
“Perhaps he will be deceived;
    then we will prevail(E) over him
    and take our revenge(F) on him.”

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22 All the women(A) left in the palace of the king of Judah will be brought out to the officials of the king of Babylon. Those women will say to you:

“‘They misled you and overcame you—
    those trusted friends(B) of yours.
Your feet are sunk in the mud;(C)
    your friends have deserted you.’

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