Job’s Reply to Bildad

Then Job answered:

How long will you torment me

and crush me with words?

You have humiliated me ten times now,

and you mistreat[a] me without shame.

Even if it is true that I have sinned,

my mistake concerns only[b] me.

If you really want to appear superior to me

and would use my disgrace as evidence against me,

then understand that it is God who has wronged me

and caught me in His net.

I cry out: “Violence!” but get no response;

I call for help, but there is no justice.

He has blocked my way so that I cannot pass through;

He has veiled my paths with darkness.

He has stripped me of my honor

and removed the crown from my head.

10 He tears me down on every side so that I am ruined.[c]

He uproots my hope like a tree.

11 His anger burns against me,

and He regards me as one of His enemies.

12 His troops advance together;

they construct a ramp[d] against me

and camp around my tent.

13 He has removed my brothers from me;

my acquaintances have abandoned me.

14 My relatives stop coming by,

and my close friends have forgotten me.

15 My house guests[e] and female servants regard me as a stranger;

I am a foreigner in their sight.

16 I call for my servant, but he does not answer,

even if I beg him with my own mouth.

17 My breath is offensive to my wife,

and my own family[f] finds me repulsive.

18 Even young boys scorn me.

When I stand up, they mock me.

19 All of my best friends[g] despise me,

and those I love have turned against me.

20 My skin and my flesh cling to my bones;

I have escaped by the skin of my teeth.

21 Have mercy on me, my friends, have mercy,

for God’s hand has struck me.

22 Why do you persecute me as God does?

Will you never get enough of my flesh?

23 I wish that my words were written down,

that they were recorded on a scroll

24 or were inscribed in stone forever

by an iron stylus and lead!

25 But I know my living Redeemer,[h]

and He will stand on the dust[i] at last.[j]

26 Even after my skin has been destroyed,[k]

yet I will see God in[l] my flesh.

27 I will see Him myself;

my eyes will look at Him, and not as a stranger.[m]

My heart longs[n] within me.

28 If you say, “How will we pursue him,

since the root of the problem lies with him?”[o]

29 then be afraid of the sword,

because wrath brings punishment by the sword,

so that you may know there is a judgment.


  1. Job 19:3 Hb obscure
  2. Job 19:4 Lit mistake lives with
  3. Job 19:10 Lit gone
  4. Job 19:12 Lit they raise up their way
  5. Job 19:15 Or The resident aliens in my household
  6. Job 19:17 Lit and the sons of my belly
  7. Job 19:19 Lit of the men of my council
  8. Job 19:25 Or know that my Redeemer is living
  9. Job 19:25 Or earth
  10. Job 19:25 Or dust at the last, or dust as the Last One
  11. Job 19:26 Lit skin which they destroyed, or skin they destroyed in this way
  12. Job 19:26 Or apart from
  13. Job 19:27 Or not a stranger
  14. Job 19:27 Lit My kidneys grow faint
  15. Job 19:28 Some Hb mss, LXX, Vg; other Hb mss read me