Job 17
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1My breath is corrupt, my days are extinct, the graves are ready for me.1My spirit is broken, my days have faded out, the grave awaits me.
2Are there not mockers with me? and doth not mine eye continue in their provocation?2Surely mockery is with me; my eyes must dwell on their hostility.
3Lay down now, put me in a surety with thee; who is he that will strike hands with me?3Make then my pledge with you. Who else will put up security for me?
4For thou hast hid their heart from understanding: therefore shalt thou not exalt them.4Because you have closed their minds to understanding, therefore you will not exalt them.
5He that speaketh flattery to his friends, even the eyes of his children shall fail.5If a man denounces his friends for personal gain, the eyes of his children will fail.
6He hath made me also a byword of the people; and aforetime I was as a tabret.6He has made me a byword to people, I am the one in whose face they spit.
7Mine eye also is dim by reason of sorrow, and all my members are as a shadow.7My eyes have grown dim with grief; my whole frame is but a shadow.
8Upright men shall be astonied at this, and the innocent shall stir up himself against the hypocrite.8Upright men are appalled at this; the innocent man is troubled with the godless.
9The righteous also shall hold on his way, and he that hath clean hands shall be stronger and stronger.9But the righteous man holds to his way, and the one with clean hands grows stronger.
10But as for you all, do ye return, and come now: for I cannot find one wise man among you.10"But turn, all of you, and come now! I will not find a wise man among you.
11My days are past, my purposes are broken off, even the thoughts of my heart.11My days have passed, my plans are shattered, even the desires of my heart.
12They change the night into day: the light is short because of darkness.12These men change night into day; they say, 'The light is near in the face of darkness.'
13If I wait, the grave is mine house: I have made my bed in the darkness.13If I hope for the grave to be my home, if I spread out my bed in darkness,
14I have said to corruption, Thou art my father: to the worm, Thou art my mother, and my sister.14If I cry to corruption, 'You are my father,' and to the worm, 'My Mother,' or 'My sister,'
15And where is now my hope? as for my hope, who shall see it?15where then is my hope? And my hope, who sees it?
16They shall go down to the bars of the pit, when our rest together is in the dust.16Will it go down to the barred gates of death? Will we descend together into the dust?"
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