2 How long will you torture me with your words? 3 Isn’t ten times enough for you to accuse me? Aren’t you ashamed? 4 Even if I have sinned, you haven’t been harmed. 5 You boast of your goodness, claiming I am suffering because I am guilty. 6 But God is the one at fault for finding fault with me.
7 Though I pray to be rescued from this torment, no whisper of justice answers me. 8 God has me trapped with a wall of darkness 9 and stripped of respect. 10 God rips me apart, uproots my hopes, 11 and attacks with fierce anger, as though I were his enemy. 12 His entire army advances, then surrounds my tent.
I Am Forgotten
13 God has turned relatives and friends against me, 14 and I am forgotten. 15 My guests and my servants consider me a stranger, 16 and when I call my servants, they pay no attention. 17 My breath disgusts my wife; everyone in my family turns away. 18 Young children can’t stand me, and when I come near, they make fun. 19 My best friends and loved ones have turned from me. 20 I am skin and bones— just barely alive. 21 My friends, I beg you for pity! God has made me his target. 22 Hasn’t he already done enough? Why do you join the attack?
23 I wish that my words could be written down 24 or chiseled into rock. 25 I know that my Savior[a] lives, and at the end he will stand on this earth. 26 My flesh may be destroyed, yet from this body I will see God.[b] 27 Yes, I will see him for myself, and I long for that moment.
28 My friends, you think up ways to blame and torment me, saying I brought it on myself. 29 But watch out for the judgment, when God will punish you!
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