Job's Fifth Reply. 1Then Job answered and said:
2How long will you vex my soul, grind me down with words? 3These ten times you have reviled me, have assailed me without shame! 4Be it indeed that I am at fault and that my fault remains with me. 5Even so, if you would vaunt yourselves against me and cast up to me my reproach, 6Know then that God has dealt unfairly with me, and compassed me round with his net. 7If I cry out “Injustice!” I am not heard. d Jb 30, 20 . I cry for help, but there is no redress. 8He has barred my way and I cannot pass; he has veiled my path in darkness; 9He has stripped me of my glory, and taken the diadem from my brow. 10He breaks me down on every side, and I am gone; my hope he has uprooted like a tree. 11His wrath he has kindled against me; he counts me among his enemies. e Jb 13, 24; 33, 10 . 12His troops advance as one man; they build up their road to attack me, and they encamp around my tent. 13My brethren have withdrawn from me, f Jb 6, 13 . and my friends are wholly estranged. 14My kinsfolk and companions neglect me, and my guests have forgotten me. 15Even my handmaids treat me as a stranger; I am an alien in their sight. 16I call my servant, but he gives no answer, though in my speech I plead with him. 17My breath is abhorred by my wife; g Jb 2, 9 . I am loathsome to the men of my family. 18The young children, too, despise me; when I appear, they speak against me. 19All my intimate friends hold me in horror; those whom I loved have turned against me! h Sir 6, 8 . 20My bones cleave to my skin, and I have escaped with my flesh between my teeth.* 21Pity me, pity me, O you my friends, for the hand of God has struck me! 22Why do you hound me as though you were divine,* and insatiably prey upon me? 23Oh, would that my words were written down! i Jb 31, 35 . Would that they were inscribed in a record:* 24That with an iron chisel and with lead they were cut in the rock forever! 25But as for me, I know that my Vindicator lives,* and that he will at last stand forth upon the dust; j 25ff: Phil 3, 20; Ti 2, 13 . 27Whom I myself shall see: my own eyes, not another's, shall behold him, 26And from my flesh I shall see God; my inmost being is consumed with longing. 28But you who say, “How shall we persecute him, seeing that the root of the matter is found in him?” 29Be afraid of the sword for yourselves, for these crimes deserve the sword; that you may know that there is a judgment.