Job 17:3
New International Version
"Give me, O God, the pledge you demand. Who else will put up security for me?

New Living Translation
“You must defend my innocence, O God, since no one else will stand up for me.

English Standard Version
“Lay down a pledge for me with you; who is there who will put up security for me?

Berean Study Bible
Give me, I pray, the pledge You demand. Who else will be my guarantor?

King James Bible
Lay down now, put me in a surety with thee; who is he that will strike hands with me?

New King James Version
“Now put down a pledge for me with Yourself. Who is he who will shake hands with me?

New American Standard Bible
“Make a pledge for me with Yourself; Who is there that will be my guarantor?

NASB 1995
"Lay down, now, a pledge for me with Yourself; Who is there that will be my guarantor?

NASB 1977
“Lay down, now, a pledge for me with Thyself; Who is there that will be my guarantor?

Amplified Bible
“Give me a pledge (guarantee, promise) with Yourself [acknowledge my innocence before my death]; Who is there that will be my guarantor and give security for me?

Christian Standard Bible
Accept my pledge! Put up security for me. Who else will be my sponsor?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Make arrangements! Put up security for me. Who else will be my sponsor?

American Standard Version
Give now a pledge, be surety for me with thyself; Who is there that will strike hands with me?

Brenton Septuagint Translation
Who is this? let him join hands with me.

Contemporary English Version
If you, LORD, don't help, who will pay the price for my release?

Douay-Rheims Bible
Deliver me O Lord, and set me beside thee, and let any man's hand fight against me.

English Revised Version
Give now a pledge, be surety for me with thyself; who is there that will strike hands with me?

Good News Translation
I am being honest, God. Accept my word. There is no one else to support what I say.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Please guarantee my bail yourself. Who else will guarantee it with a handshake?

International Standard Version
Offer, then, some collateral on my behalf. Is there anyone who will be my guarantor?

JPS Tanakh 1917
Give now a pledge, be surety for me with Thyself; Who else is there that will strike hands with me?

Literal Standard Version
Now place my pledge with You; Who is he that strikes hand with me?

NET Bible
Make then my pledge with you. Who else will put up security for me?

New Heart English Bible
"Now give a pledge, be collateral for me with yourself. Who is there who will strike hands with me?

World English Bible
"Now give a pledge, be collateral for me with yourself. Who is there who will strike hands with me?

Young's Literal Translation
Place, I pray Thee, my pledge with Thee; Who is he that striketh hand with me?

Additional Translations ...
Study Bible
Job Prepares for Death
2Surely mockers surround me, and my eyes must gaze at their rebellion. 3Give me, I pray, the pledge You demand. Who else will be my guarantor? 4You have closed their minds to understanding; therefore You will not exalt them.…

Cross References
Psalm 119:122
Ensure Your servant's well-being; do not let the arrogant oppress me.

Isaiah 38:14
I chirp like a swallow or crane; I moan like a dove. My eyes grow weak as I look upward. O Lord, I am oppressed; be my security."


Treasury of Scripture

Lay down now, put me in a surety with you; who is he that will strike hands with me?

put me

Job 9:33
Neither is there any daysman betwixt us, that might lay his hand upon us both.

Genesis 43:9
I will be surety for him; of my hand shalt thou require him: if I bring him not unto thee, and set him before thee, then let me bear the blame for ever:

Genesis 44:32
For thy servant became surety for the lad unto my father, saying, If I bring him not unto thee, then I shall bear the blame to my father for ever.

strike

Proverbs 6:11
So shall thy poverty come as one that travelleth, and thy want as an armed man.

Proverbs 11:15
He that is surety for a stranger shall smart for it: and he that hateth suretiship is sure.

Proverbs 17:18
A man void of understanding striketh hands, and becometh surety in the presence of his friend.









(3) Lay down now . . .--i.e., Give now a pledge; be surety for me with Thyself. He has declared that he has a witness in the heavens, but he desires some present token of the vindication to come of which he is confident, and so he asks God to give him such a pledge. This is virtually the same prayer that we find Hezekiah using (Isaiah 38:14): "O Lord, I am oppressed: undertake for me," that is, "Be surety for me." (See also Psalm 119:122 : "Be surety for thy servant for good.") There is that in man which demands exact and rigorous fulfilment or expiation of non-fulfilment. Job felt that his only hope of this fulfilment or expiation of non-fulfilment lay with God Himself: that same God who had put this sense of obligation within him; therefore he says, Be surety for me with Thyself." He longed for the daysman who should lay his hand upon both him and God; he now longs for that surety with God that God alone can give. The surety must be Divine if his witness is in the heavens; it must be the witness of God to God himself. In this wonderful way does the language of Job fit in with all that we have since and elsewhere learnt of the persons in the Godhead.

Who is he that will strike hands with me?--This was the method of becoming surety; but he knows that there is no one among his friends who will do this, or that could do it if he would. (Comp. Psalm 49:7.)

Verse 3. - Lay down now; or, give now a pledge (see the Revised Version). The terms used in this verse are law terms. Job calls upon God to go into court with him, and, first of all, to deposit the caution-money which the court will require before it undertakes the investigation of the case. Next, he goes on to say, put me in a surety with thee; or rather (as in the Revised Version), be surety for me with thyself which is either the same thing with giving a pledge, or a further legal requirement. Finally, he asks the question, Who is he that will strike hands with me? meaning, "Who else is there but thyself, to whom I can look to be my surety, and by striking hands (comp. Proverbs 6:1) with me to accept the legal responsibility?" As Dr. Stanley Leathes says, "It is wonderful the way in which the language of Job fits in with what we have since and elsewhere learnt concerning the Persons in the Godhead."

Parallel Commentaries ...


Lexicon
Give [me],
שִֽׂימָה־ (śî·māh-)
Verb - Qal - Imperative - masculine singular | third person feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7760: Put -- to put, place, set

I pray,
נָּ֭א (nā)
Interjection
Strong's Hebrew 4994: I pray', 'now', 'then'

the pledge
עָרְבֵ֣נִי (‘ā·rə·ḇê·nî)
Verb - Qal - Imperative - masculine singular | first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 6148: To braid, intermix, technically, to traffic, give to be security

You [demand].
עִמָּ֑ךְ (‘im·māḵ)
Preposition | second person feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5973: With, equally with

Who else
מִֽי (mî)
Interrogative
Strong's Hebrew 4310: Who?, whoever, in oblique construction with prefix, suffix

will be my guarantor?
לְיָדִ֥י (lə·yā·ḏî)
Preposition-l | Noun - feminine singular construct | first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 3027: A hand


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