When everything is going against us we cry out, “Lord, have mercy!”

Scripture: Job 19:13-22

ESV Text: Job 19:13-22

Job 19:13-22 (Listen)

13 “He has put my brothers far from me,
and those who knew me are wholly estranged from me.
14 My relatives have failed me,
my close friends have forgotten me.
15 The guests in my house and my maidservants count me as a stranger;
I have become a foreigner in their eyes.
16 I call to my servant, but he gives me no answer;
I must plead with him with my mouth for mercy.
17 My breath is strange to my wife,
and I am a stench to the children of my own mother.
18 Even young children despise me;
when I rise they talk against me.
19 All my intimate friends abhor me,
and those whom I loved have turned against me.
20 My bones stick to my skin and to my flesh,
and I have escaped by the skin of my teeth.
21 Have mercy on me, have mercy on me, O you my friends,
for the hand of God has touched me!
22 Why do you, like God, pursue me?
Why are you not satisfied with my flesh? (ESV)

KJV Text:

(Alt. audio): Chapter: 19
13 He hath put my brethren far from me, and mine acquaintance are verily estranged from me. 14 My kinsfolk have failed, and my familiar friends have forgotten me. 15 They that dwell in mine house, and my maids, count me for a stranger: I am an alien in their sight. 16 I called my servant, and he gave me no answer; I entreated him with my mouth. 17 My breath is strange to my wife, though I entreated for the children’s sake of mine own body. 18 Yea, young children despised me; I arose, and they spake against me. 19 All my inward friends abhorred me: and they whom I loved are turned against me. 20 My bone cleaveth to my skin and to my flesh, and I am escaped with the skin of my teeth. 21 Have pity upon me, have pity upon me, O ye my friends; for the hand of God hath touched me. 22 Why do ye persecute me as God, and are not satisfied with my flesh?(KJV)

Hymn: TLH 197:
Where Wilt Thou Go since Night Draws Near

Hymnary.org — Organ Audio

1. Where wilt Thou go since night draws near, 
O Jesus Christ, Thou Pilgrim dear? 
Lord, make me happy, be my Guest, 
And in my heart, oh, deign to rest. 

2. Grant my request, O dearest Friend, 
For truly I the best intend; 
Thou knowest that Thou ever art 
A welcome Guest unto my heart. 

3. The day is now far spent and gone, 
The shades of night come quickly on; 
Abide with me, Thou heavenly Light, 
And do not leave me in this night. 

4. Enlighten me that from the way 
That leads to heaven I may not stray, 
That I may never be misled, 
Though night of sin is round me spread. 

5. And when I on my death-bed lie, 
Help me that I in peace may die. 
Abide! I will not let Thee go. 
Thou wilt not leave me, Lord, I know. 

Job struggles with his friends and with God, wondering why such trouble has come upon him. It’s a struggle we all face at times.

Scripture: Job 19:1-12

ESV Text: Job 19:1-12

Job 19:1-12 (Listen)

Job Replies: My Redeemer Lives

19:1 Then Job answered and said:

“How long will you torment me
and break me in pieces with words?
These ten times you have cast reproach upon me;
are you not ashamed to wrong me?
And even if it be true that I have erred,
my error remains with myself.
If indeed you magnify yourselves against me
and make my disgrace an argument against me,
know then that God has put me in the wrong
and closed his net about me.
Behold, I cry out, ‘Violence!’ but I am not answered;
I call for help, but there is no justice.
He has walled up my way, so that I cannot pass,
and he has set darkness upon my paths.
He has stripped from me my glory
and taken the crown from my head.
10 He breaks me down on every side, and I am gone,
and my hope has he pulled up like a tree.
11 He has kindled his wrath against me
and counts me as his adversary.
12 His troops come on together;
they have cast up their siege ramp against me
and encamp around my tent. (ESV)

KJV Text:

(Alt. audio): Chapter: 19

     1 Then Job answered and said, 2 How long will ye vex my soul, and break me in pieces with words? 3 These ten times have ye reproached me: ye are not ashamed that ye make yourselves strange to me. 4 And be it indeed that I have erred, mine error remaineth with myself. 5 If indeed ye will magnify yourselves against me, and plead against me my reproach: 6 Know now that God hath overthrown me, and hath compassed me with his net. 7 Behold, I cry out of wrong, but I am not heard: I cry aloud, but there is no judgment.

     8 He hath fenced up my way that I cannot pass, and he hath set darkness in my paths. 9 He hath stripped me of my glory, and taken the crown from my head. 10 He hath destroyed me on every side, and I am gone: and mine hope hath he removed like a tree. 11 He hath also kindled his wrath against me, and he counteth me unto him as one of his enemies. 12 His troops come together, and raise up their way against me, and encamp round about my tabernacle.(KJV)

Hymn: TLH 196:
I Am Content! My Jesus Liveth Still

Hymnary.org — Organ Audio

1. I am content! My Jesus liveth still, 
In whom my heart is pleased. 
He hath fulfilled the Law of God for me, 
God’s wrath He hath appeased. 
Since He in death could perish never, 
I also shall not die forever. 
I am content! 

2. I am content! My Jesus is my Head; 
His member I will be. 
He bowed His head when on the cross He died 
With cries of agony. 
Now death is brought into subjection 
For me, too, by His resurrection. 
I am content! 

3. I am content! My Jesus is my Lord, 
My Prince of Life and Peace; 
His heart is yearning for my future bliss 
And for my soul’s release. 
The home where He, my Master, liveth 
He also to His servant giveth. 
I am content! 

4. I am content! My Jesus is my Light, 
My radiant Sun of Grace. 
His cheering rays beam blessings forth for all, 
Sweet comfort, hope, and peace. 
This Easter sun doth bring salvation 
And everlasting exultation. 
I am content! 

5. I am content! Lord, draw me unto Thee 
And wake me from the dead 
That I may rise forevermore to be 
With Thee, my living Head. 
The fetters of my body sever, 
Then shall my soul rejoice forever. 
I am content!