Job 17

Job Says He Has Become a Byword

1My spirit is broken, my days are extinguished,
The
Lit graves
,
b  grave is ready for me.
2 c  Surely mockers are with me,
And my eye
Lit lodges
gazes on their provocation.

3Lay down, now, a pledge e  for me with Yourself;
Who is there that will
Lit strike hands with me
be 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.

6But He has made me a k  byword of the people,
And I am
Lit a spitting to the faces
one at whom men m  spit.
7My eye has also grown n  dim because of grief,
And all my o  members are as a shadow.
8The 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.
10But come again all of
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you 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.
12They make night into day, saying,
The light is near,’ in the presence of darkness.
13If I look for v  Sheol as my home,
I
Lit spread out
make my bed in the darkness;
14If I call to the x  pit, ‘You are my father’;
To the y  worm, ‘my mother and my sister’;
15Where now is z  my hope?
And who regards my hope?
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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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