2 “How long will you ·hurt [torment] me and crush me with your words? 3 You have ·insulted [disgraced; shamed] me ten times ·now [over] and ·attacked me without shame [or are you not shamed to wrong me?]. 4 Even if I have ·sinned [erred; made a mistake], ·it is my worry alone [L my sin/mistake lodges within me]. 5 If you want to make yourselves ·look better than I [or powerful against me], you can ·blame me for my suffering [make my shame/disgrace an argument against me]. 6 Then know that God has ·wronged [or a distorted view of; unjustly blamed] me and ·pulled [thrown] his net around me [C like a hunter].
7 “I shout, ‘·I have been wronged [L Violence]!’ But I get no answer. I scream for help but I get no justice. 8 God has ·blocked [walled up] my way so I cannot pass; he has covered my paths with darkness [Prov. 4:19]. 9 He has ·taken away [stripped off] my ·honor [glory] and removed the crown from my head. 10 He beats me down on every side until I am gone; he ·destroys [uproots] my hope like a fallen tree. 11 ·His anger burns [L He kindles his anger] against me, and he ·treats [or considers] me like an ·enemy [foe]. 12 His ·armies [troops] gather; they ·prepare to attack [L build up a road against; C a siege ramp] me. They camp around my tent.
13 “God has ·made my brothers my enemies [L moved my brothers far from me], and my friends have become strangers. 14 ·My relatives [L Those near me] have ·gone away [or failed me], and my ·friends [acquaintances] have forgotten me. 15 My guests and my ·female servants [T maidservants] ·treat [or consider] me like a stranger; they look at me as if I were a foreigner. 16 I call for my servant, but he does not answer, even when I ·beg him with my own mouth [ask him for a personal favor]. 17 My wife ·can’t stand [abhors] my breath, and my own family ·dislikes me [finds me repulsive]. 18 Even the little boys ·hate [L reject] me and talk ·about [or against] me when I leave. 19 All my close friends ·hate [L detest] me; even those I love have turned against me. 20 ·I am nothing but skin and bones [L My bones cling to my skin and my flesh]; I have escaped by the skin of my teeth. 21 Pity me, my friends, pity me, because the hand of God has ·hit [touched; struck] me. 22 Why do you ·chase [pursue; persecute] me as God does? ·Haven’t you hurt me enough [L Aren’t you satisfied with my flesh]?
23 “How I wish my words were written down, ·written [L inscribed] on a scroll. 24 I wish they were carved with an iron pen ·into [L and] lead, or carved into stone ·forever [or as a witness; C Job wants the following statement to last]. 25 I know that my ·Defender [Redeemer; or defender; redeemer; C likely referring to God himself] lives, and ·in the end [or at last] he will ·stand upon [rise up on] the earth [L dust]. 26 Even after my skin has been ·destroyed [or peeled off], ·in [from; or without] my flesh I will see God. 27 I will see him myself; I ·myself [L and not a stranger] will see him with my very own eyes. How my heart ·wants that to happen [L fades/faints within me]!
28 “·If [or When] you say, ‘·We will continue to trouble Job [L How should we pursue/persecute him?], because the ·problem [L root of the matter] lies with him,’ 29 you should be afraid of the sword yourselves. ·God’s anger [L Wrath] will bring punishment by the sword. Then you will know there is judgment.”
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