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Job Nineteen

by Dr. Henry M. Morris

(taken from the Defender's Study Bible)

Job 19:1 Then Job answered and said,

Job 19:2 How long will ye vex my soul, and break me in pieces with words?

Job 19:3 These ten times have ye reproached me: ye are not ashamed that ye make yourselves strange to me.

Job 19:4 And be it indeed that I have erred, mine error remaineth with myself.

Job 19:5 If indeed ye will magnify yourselves against me, and plead against me my reproach:

Job 19:6 Know now that God hath overthrown me, and hath compassed me with his net.

Job 19:7 Behold, I cry out of wrong, but I am not heard: I cry aloud, but there is no judgment.

Job 19:8 He hath fenced up my way that I cannot pass, and he hath set darkness in my paths.

Job 19:9 He hath stripped me of my glory, and taken the crown from my head.

Job 19:10 He hath destroyed me on every side, and I am gone: and mine hope hath he removed like a tree.

Job 19:11 He hath also kindled his wrath against me, and he counteth me unto him as one of his enemies.

Job 19:12 His troops come together, and raise up their way against me, and encamp round about my tabernacle.

Job 19:13 He hath put my brethren far from me, and mine acquaintance are verily estranged from me.

Job 19:14 My kinsfolk have failed, and my familiar friends have forgotten me.

Job 19:15 They that dwell in mine house, and my maids, count me for a stranger: I am an alien in their sight.

Job 19:16 I called my servant, and he gave me no answer; I entreated him with my mouth.

Job 19:17 My breath is strange to my wife, though I entreated for the children's sake of mine own body.

Job 19:18 Yea, young children despised me; I arose, and they spake against me.

Job 19:19 All my inward friends abhorred me: and they whom I loved are turned against me.

Job 19:20 My bone cleaveth to my skin and to my flesh, and I am escaped with the skin of my teeth.

skin of my teeth. This is a pungent reference to the loss of his teeth, leaving only the “skin” or gums that formerly secured them.

Job 19:21 Have pity upon me, have pity upon me, O ye my friends; for the hand of God hath touched me.

Job 19:22 Why do ye persecute me as God, and are not satisfied with my flesh?

Job 19:23 Oh that my words were now written! oh that they were printed in a book!

printed in a book. Job's strong desire to write of his experiences, as expressed here, as well as the fact that no one except he could actually know them, makes it almost certain that he was the original author of the book of Job.

Job 19:24 That they were graven with an iron pen and lead in the rock for ever!

in the rock. In accord with the common practices of that age, Job would write his record on stone tablets. These somehow must eventually have come into the possession of Moses who, according to uniform Jewish tradition, later published them.

Job 19:25 For I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth:

my redeemer. This great statement of faith answers Job's earlier question about a future resurrection (Job 14:14).

Job 19:26 And though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God:

Job 19:27 Whom I shall see for myself, and mine eyes shall behold, and not another; though my reins be consumed within me.

mine eyes shall behold. Job thus somehow knows that he himself will again have eyes to see with, even after worms have destroyed his body. This will be at the latter day, when God again stands on the earth.

Job 19:28 But ye should say, Why persecute we him, seeing the root of the matter is found in me?

Job 19:29 Be ye afraid of the sword: for wrath bringeth the punishments of the sword, that ye may know there is a judgment.