Job Says He Has Become a Byword1 “My spirit is broken, my days are extinguished,
▼ Lit graves, b grave is ready for me.
2 c “Surely mockers are with me,
And my eye ▼
▼ Lit lodgesgazes on their provocation.
3 “Lay down, now, a pledge e for me with Yourself;
Who is there that will ▼
▼ Lit strike hands with mebe my guarantor?
4 “For You have ▼
▼ Lit hidden, h kept their heart from understanding,
Therefore You will not exalt them.
5 “He who i informs against friends for a share of the spoil,
The j eyes of his children also will languish.
6 “But He has made me a k byword of the people,
And I am ▼
▼ Lit a spitting to the facesone at whom men m spit.
7 “My eye has also grown n dim because of grief,
And all my o members are as a shadow.
8 “The upright will be appalled at this,
And the p innocent will stir up himself against the godless.
9 “Nevertheless q the righteous will hold to his way,
And r he who has clean hands will grow stronger and stronger.
10 “But come again all of ▼
▼ With some ancient mss and versions; M.T. themyou now,
For I t do not find a wise man among you.
11 “My u days are past, my plans are torn apart,
Even the wishes of my heart.
12 “They make night into day, saying,
‘The light is near,’ in the presence of darkness.
13 “If I look for v Sheol as my home,
▼ Lit spread outmake my bed in the darkness;
14 If I call to the x pit, ‘You are my father’;
To the y worm, ‘my mother and my sister’;
15 Where now is z my hope?
And who regards my hope?
▼ So the Gr; Heb possibly Let my limbs sink down to Sheol, since there is rest in the dust for all“Will it go down with me to Sheol?
Shall we together ab go down into the dust?”
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