Job 17:15
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New International Version
where then is my hope-- who can see any hope for me?

New Living Translation
Where then is my hope? Can anyone find it?

English Standard Version
where then is my hope? Who will see my hope?

New American Standard Bible
Where now is my hope? And who regards my hope?

King James Bible
And where is now my hope? as for my hope, who shall see it?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
where then is my hope? Who can see any hope for me?

International Standard Version
where would my hope be? "And speaking of my hope, who would notice it?

NET Bible
where then is my hope? And my hope, who sees it?

New Heart English Bible
where then is my hope? As for my hope, who shall see it?

GOD'S WORD® Translation
then where is my hope? Can you see any hope left in me?

JPS Tanakh 1917
Where then is my hope? And as for my hope, who shall see it?

New American Standard 1977
Where now is my hope?
            And who regards my hope?

Jubilee Bible 2000
And where shall my hope be now? As for my hope, who shall see it?

King James 2000 Bible
And where is now my hope? as for my hope, who shall see it?

American King James Version
And where is now my hope? as for my hope, who shall see it?

American Standard Version
Where then is my hope? And as for my hope, who shall see it?

Douay-Rheims Bible
Where is now then my expectation, and who considereth my patience?

Darby Bible Translation
And where is then my hope? yea, my hope, who shall see it?

English Revised Version
Where then is my hope? and as for my hope, who shall see it?

Webster's Bible Translation
And where is now my hope? as for my hope, who will see it?

World English Bible
where then is my hope? as for my hope, who shall see it?

Young's Literal Translation
And where is now my hope? Yea, my hope, who doth behold it?
Study Bible
Job Appeals from Men to God
14If I call to the pit, 'You are my father'; To the worm, 'my mother and my sister'; 15Where now is my hope? And who regards my hope? 16"Will it go down with me to Sheol? Shall we together go down into the dust?"…
Cross References
Job 7:6
"My days are swifter than a weaver's shuttle, And come to an end without hope.

Isaiah 38:10
I said, "In the middle of my life I am to enter the gates of Sheol; I am to be deprived of the rest of my years."

Lamentations 3:18
So I say, "My strength has perished, And so has my hope from the LORD."
Treasury of Scripture

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Verse 15. - And where is now my hope? (comp. Job 14:18-15). At first sight it might seem that to cue in Sheol there could be no hope. But Job is too conscious of his own ignorance to dogmatize on such a subject. What does he know of Sheol? How can he be sure that it is "God's last word to men"? There may be As for my hope, who shall see it? i.e. what eye can penetrate the darkness of the future, and solve the riddle for me? And where is now my hope?.... Not the grace of hope, which was in his heart; and though it might sometimes be low in exercise, it could not be lost; it is an anchor, sure and steadfast, and is one of the graces that always abides, and never disappoints and makes ashamed; nor the object of hope, eternal glory and happiness in another world, that is laid up in heaven, and for which he was looking and waiting by faith; but his hope of outward happiness, and of being restored to his former state of prosperity, or a better, which his friends encouraged him to; this had no place in him, nor did he see any reason to cherish it; all ground and foundation of it was removed, as he apprehended; there was nothing on which he could build such an hope as that, see Job 6:11;

as for my hope, who shall see it? that is, which his friends would have him hope for, a line house, a large estate, a numerous family, honour and respect among men, long life, and an abundance of outward peace and happiness; this he was firmly persuaded he should never see, being just going into the grave, nor his friends that suggested these things to him, nor anybody else; though indeed what he himself truly hoped for might be rightly thus described, being things not seen by the eye of the body, nor by carnal sense and reason, but are the invisible glories and realities of another world, for "hope that is seen is not hope", &c. Romans 8:24; but Job does not design these, but the former. 15. Who shall see it fulfilled? namely, the "hope" (Job 11:18) which they held out to him of restoration.17:10-16 Job's friends had pretended to comfort him with the hope of his return to a prosperous estate; he here shows that those do not go wisely about the work of comforting the afflicted, who fetch their comforts from the possibility of recovery in this world. It is our wisdom to comfort ourselves, and others, in distress, with that which will not fail; the promise of God, his love and grace, and a well-grounded hope of eternal life. See how Job reconciles himself to the grave. Let this make believers willing to die; it is but going to bed; they are weary, and it is time that they were in their beds. Why should not they go willingly when their Father calls them? Let us remember our bodies are allied to corruption, the worm and the dust; and let us seek for that lively hope which shall be fulfilled, when the hope of the wicked shall be put out in darkness; that when our bodies are in the grave, our souls may enjoy the rest reserved for the people of God.
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