I am not completely happy with my prior provocation on Job 19. Who can deal with such a poem! But here's a slightly less provocative first cut. [second pass here] I had a look at a few commentaries and translations:
The Book of Job, A New Commentary (1967) by N. H. Tur Sinai (he suggests the questions in verses 4 and 5)
and Job 1-20 J. A. Clines and one other little one that I glanced at standing up in the stacks that I can't remember.
Cline seemed traditional to me and I left it on the shelf. I still have to read the details of Tur Sinai. It is important for me to fight with the text and the lexicons before reading someone else's analysis. There is a little suggestive coloring for what are the same words in the Hebrew. Apart from this I have not observed any significant structural aspects that would help put verses 25-26 in context.
The fact that the NT authors did not pick up on these verses leads me to think that subsequent generations including Handel have overestimated their 'meaning'.
and crush me with platitudes
Are you not ashamed to slight me?
Does my fault lie with me?
and determine against me my reproach?
and in his trap against me strikes
I shout and there is no judgment
and in my ways he puts darkness
and he removed the halo of my head
and he uprooted as a tree my hope
and takes me as his adversary
and raise against me their way
and camp around my tent
and whom I know indeed is estranged from me
whom I know have forgotten me
and my maids as a stranger consider me
an alien I have become in their eyes
with my mouth I entreat him
and I entreat the children of my belly
I rise and they speak against me
and those I love turn from me
and I am stuck in the skin of my teeth
for the hand of God has touched me
and with my flesh are not satisfied?
if only it was in a book they were inscribed
for ever in the rock engraved
and at the last on dust it will rise
and from my flesh I will see God
and my eyes will gaze and not another
fired my own fires within me
For the root of the thing is determined in me
for wrath is the effect of the sword
so you know there is a judge