Job 17

English Standard Version

1 “My spirit is broken; my days are extinct; the graveyard is ready for me. (Job 18:5; Ps 88:3) 2 Surely there are mockers about me, and my eye dwells on their provocation. (1Sa 1:6; Job 12:6) 3 “Lay down a pledge for me with you; who is there who will put up security for me? (Ps 119:122; Isa 38:14; Heb 7:22) 4 Since you have closed their hearts to understanding, therefore you will not let them triumph. 5 He who informs against his friends to get a share of their property— the eyes of his children will fail. (Job 11:20; Job 31:16) 6 “He has made me a byword of the peoples, and I am one before whom men spit. (De 28:37; Job 30:9; Ps 44:14; Ps 69:11) 7 My eye has grown dim from vexation, and all my members are like a shadow. (Job 14:2; Ps 6:7; Ps 31:9) 8 The upright are appalled at this, and the innocent stirs himself up against the godless. (Isa 52:14) 9 Yet the righteous holds to his way, and he who has clean hands grows stronger and stronger. (Job 22:30) 10 But you, come on again, all of you, and I shall not find a wise man among you. (Job 6:29) 11 My days are past; my plans are broken off, the desires of my heart. (Job 7:6; Job 9:25) 12 They make night into day: ‘The light,’ they say, ‘is near to the darkness.’[1] (Job 11:17) 13 If I hope for Sheol as my house, if I make my bed in darkness, (Job 21:13; Ec 12:5) 14 if I say to the pit, ‘You are my father,’ and to the worm, ‘My mother,’ or ‘My sister,’ 15 where then is my hope? Who will see my hope? 16 Will it go down to the bars of Sheol? Shall we descend together into the dust?”[2] (Job 3:17; Job 17:13; Job 21:26; Job 40:13)