Job 17
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1My spirit is broken; my days are extinguished; the grave awaits me.1“My spirit is broken; my days are extinct; the graveyard is ready for me.
2Surely mockers surround me and my eyes must gaze at their rebellion.2Surely there are mockers about me, and my eye dwells on their provocation.
3Give me, I pray, the pledge You demand. Who else will be my guarantor?3“Lay down a pledge for me with you; who is there who will put up security for me?
4You have closed their minds to understanding; therefore You will not exalt them.4Since you have closed their hearts to understanding, therefore you will not let them triumph.
5If a man denounces his friends for a price, the eyes of his children will fail.5He who informs against his friends to get a share of their property— the eyes of his children will fail.
6He has made me a byword to the people; I am the one in whose face they spit.6“He has made me a byword of the peoples, and I am one before whom men spit.
7My eyes have grown dim with grief, and my whole body is but a shadow.7My eye has grown dim from vexation, and all my members are like a shadow.
8The upright are appalled at this, and the innocent are stirred against the godless.8The upright are appalled at this, and the innocent stirs himself up against the godless.
9Yet the righteous will hold to his way, and the one with clean hands will grow stronger.9Yet the righteous holds to his way, and he who has clean hands grows stronger and stronger.
10But come back and try again, all of you. For I will not find a wise man among you.10But you, come on again, all of you, and I shall not find a wise man among you.
11My days have passed; my plans are broken off—even the desires of my heart.11My days are past; my plans are broken off, the desires of my heart.
12They have turned night into day and have made light seem near in the face of darkness.12They make night into day: ‘The light,’ they say, ‘is near to the darkness.’
13If I look for Sheol as my home, if I spread out my bed in darkness,13If I hope for Sheol as my house, if I make my bed in darkness,
14and say to corruption, ‘You are my father,’ and to the worm, ‘My mother,’ or ‘My sister,’14if I say to the pit, ‘You are my father,’ and to the worm, ‘My mother,’ or ‘My sister,’
15where then is my hope? Who can see any hope for me?15where then is my hope? Who will see my hope?
16Will it go down to the gates of Sheol? Will we go down together into the dust?”16Will it go down to the bars of Sheol? Shall we descend together into the dust?”
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