1. Chapter 17
  2. Chapter 18
  3. Chapter 19
  4. Chapter 20

Job  17

Job Prays for Relief

17“My spirit is broken,
My days are extinguished,
The grave is ready for me.
2Are not mockers with me?
And does not my eye dwell on their provocation?

3“Now put down a pledge for me with Yourself.
Who is he who will shake hands with me?
4For You have hidden their heart from understanding;
Therefore You will not exalt them.
5He who speaks flattery to his friends,
Even the eyes of his children will fail.

6“But He has made me a byword of the people,
And I have become one in whose face men spit.
7My eye has also grown dim because of sorrow,
And all my members are like shadows.
8Upright men are astonished at this,
And the innocent stirs himself up against the hypocrite.
9Yet the righteous will hold to his way,
And he who has clean hands will be stronger and stronger.

10“But please, come back again, all of you,
For I shall not find one wise man among you.
11My days are past,
My purposes are broken off,
Even the thoughts of my heart.
12They change the night into day;
‘The light is near,’ they say, in the face of darkness.
13If I wait for the grave as my house,
If I make my bed in the darkness,
14If I say to corruption, ‘You are my father,’
And to the worm, ‘You are my mother and my sister,’
15Where then is my hope?
As for my hope, who can see it?
16Will they go down to the gates of Sheol?
Shall we have rest together in the dust?”

Job  18

Bildad: The Wicked Are Punished

18Then Bildad the Shuhite answered and said: 2“How long till you put an end to words?
Gain understanding, and afterward we will speak.
3Why are we counted as beasts,
And regarded as stupid in your sight?
4You who tear yourself in anger,
Shall the earth be forsaken for you?
Or shall the rock be removed from its place?

5“The light of the wicked indeed goes out,
And the flame of his fire does not shine.
6The light is dark in his tent,
And his lamp beside him is put out.
7The steps of his strength are shortened,
And his own counsel casts him down.
8For he is cast into a net by his own feet,
And he walks into a snare.
9The net takes him by the heel,
And a snare lays hold of him.
10A noose is hidden for him on the ground,
And a trap for him in the road.
11Terrors frighten him on every side,
And drive him to his feet.
12His strength is starved,
And destruction is ready at his side.
13It devours patches of his skin;
The firstborn of death devours his limbs.
14He is uprooted from the shelter of his tent,
And they parade him before the king of terrors.
15They dwell in his tent who are none of his;
Brimstone is scattered on his dwelling.
16His roots are dried out below,
And his branch withers above.
17The memory of him perishes from the earth,
And he has no name among the renowned.
18He is driven from light into darkness,
And chased out of the world.
19He has neither son nor posterity among his people,
Nor any remaining in his dwellings.
20Those in the west are astonished at his day,
As those in the east are frightened.
21Surely such are the dwellings of the wicked,
And this is the place of him who does not know God.”

Job  19

Job Trusts in His Redeemer

19Then Job answered and said: 2“How long will you torment my soul,
And break me in pieces with words?
3These ten times you have reproached me;
You are not ashamed that you have wronged me.
4And if indeed I have erred,
My error remains with me.
5If indeed you exalt yourselves against me,
And plead my disgrace against me,
6Know then that God has wronged me,
And has surrounded me with His net.

7“If I cry out concerning wrong, I am not heard.
If I cry aloud, there is no justice.
8He has fenced up my way, so that I cannot pass;
And He has set darkness in my paths.
9He has stripped me of my glory,
And taken the crown from my head.
10He breaks me down on every side,
And I am gone;
My hope He has uprooted like a tree.
11He has also kindled His wrath against me,
And He counts me as one of His enemies.
12His troops come together
And build up their road against me;
They encamp all around my tent.

13“He has removed my brothers far from me,
And my acquaintances are completely estranged from me.
14My relatives have failed,
And my close friends have forgotten me.
15Those who dwell in my house, and my maidservants,
Count me as a stranger;
I am an alien in their sight.
16I call my servant, but he gives no answer;
I beg him with my mouth.
17My breath is offensive to my wife,
And I am repulsive to the children of my own body.
18Even young children despise me;
I arise, and they speak against me.
19All my close friends abhor me,
And those whom I love have turned against me.
20My bone clings to my skin and to my flesh,
And I have escaped by the skin of my teeth.

21“Have pity on me, have pity on me, O you my friends,
For the hand of God has struck me!
22Why do you persecute me as God does,
And are not satisfied with my flesh?

23“Oh, that my words were written!
Oh, that they were inscribed in a book!
24That they were engraved on a rock
With an iron pen and lead, forever!
25For I know that my Redeemer lives,
And He shall stand at last on the earth;
26And after my skin is destroyed, this I know,
That in my flesh I shall see God,
27Whom I shall see for myself,
And my eyes shall behold, and not another.
How my heart yearns within me!
28If you should say, ‘How shall we persecute him?’—
Since the root of the matter is found in me,
29Be afraid of the sword for yourselves;
For wrath brings the punishment of the sword,
That you may know there is a judgment.”

Job  20

Zophar’s Statement on the Wicked Man

20Then Zophar the Naamathite answered and said: 2“Therefore my anxious thoughts make me answer,
Because of the turmoil within me.
3I have heard the rebuke that reproaches me,
And the spirit of my understanding causes me to answer.

4“Do you not know this of old,
Since man was placed on earth,
5That the triumphing of the wicked is short,
And the joy of the hypocrite is but for a moment?
6Though his haughtiness mounts up to the heavens,
And his head reaches to the clouds,
7Yet he will perish forever like his own refuse;
Those who have seen him will say, ‘Where is he?’
8He will fly away like a dream, and not be found;
Yes, he will be chased away like a vision of the night.
9The eye that saw him will see him no more,
Nor will his place behold him anymore.
10His children will seek the favor of the poor,
And his hands will restore his wealth.
11His bones are full of his youthful vigor,
But it will lie down with him in the dust.

12“Though evil is sweet in his mouth,
And he hides it under his tongue,
13Though he spares it and does not forsake it,
But still keeps it in his mouth,
14Yet his food in his stomach turns sour;
It becomes cobra venom within him.
15He swallows down riches
And vomits them up again;
God casts them out of his belly.
16He will suck the poison of cobras;
The viper’s tongue will slay him.
17He will not see the streams,
The rivers flowing with honey and cream.
18He will restore that for which he labored,
And will not swallow it down;
From the proceeds of business
He will get no enjoyment.
19For he has oppressed and forsaken the poor,
He has violently seized a house which he did not build.

20“Because he knows no quietness in his heart,
He will not save anything he desires.
21Nothing is left for him to eat;
Therefore his well-being will not last.
22In his self-sufficiency he will be in distress;
Every hand of misery will come against him.
23When he is about to fill his stomach,
God will cast on him the fury of His wrath,
And will rain it on him while he is eating.
24He will flee from the iron weapon;
A bronze bow will pierce him through.
25It is drawn, and comes out of the body;
Yes, the glittering point comes out of his gall.
Terrors come upon him;
26Total darkness is reserved for his treasures.
An unfanned fire will consume him;
It shall go ill with him who is left in his tent.
27The heavens will reveal his iniquity,
And the earth will rise up against him.
28The increase of his house will depart,
And his goods will flow away in the day of His wrath.
29This is the portion from God for a wicked man,
The heritage appointed to him by God.”