Book of Job
Book of Job Friendship Quotes
How we cite our quotes: (Chapter:Verse)
'Have pity on me, have pity on me, O you my friends,
for the hand of God has touched me!
Why do you, like God, pursue me,
never satisfied with my flesh?' (NRSV 19:21-22)
Have pity upon me, have pity upon me, O ye my friends; for the hand of God hath touched me.
Why do ye persecute me as God, and are not satisfied with my flesh? (KJV 19:21-22)
We'd be angry, too, if our friends ditched us after all this misery.
Also, did you notice that "God's touch" here is a bad thing? Is that always the case?
How then will you comfort me with empty nothings?
There is nothing left of your answers but falsehood.' (NRSV 21:34)
How then comfort ye me in vain, seeing in your answers there remaineth falsehood? (KJV 21:34)
This isn't just three friends shooting the breeze; it's a philosophical debate with cosmic implications. And you know what that means: it's about to descend into bitter accusations and more deep thoughts.
'Because God has loosed my bowstring and humbled me,
they have cast off restraint in my presence.
On my right hand the rabble rise up;
they send me sprawling,
and build roads for my ruin.
They break up my path,
they promote my calamity;
no one restrains them.' (NRSV 30:11-13)
Because he hath loosed my cord, and afflicted me, they have also let loose the bridle before me.
Upon my right hand rise the youth; they push away my feet, and they raise up against me the ways of their destruction.
They mar my path, they set forward my calamity, they have no helper. (KJV 30:11-13)
For Job, reputation is just as important as pain. Job's predicament and attitude toward it seem to have robbed him of that luxury.