Job 17

Job 17:1  
“My spirit is consumed. My days are extinct and the grave is ready for me.

Job 17:2  
Surely there are mockers with me. My eye dwells on their provocation.

Job 17:3  
“Now give a pledge. Be collateral for me with yourself. Who is there who will strike hands with me?

Job 17:4  
For you have hidden their heart from understanding, therefore you will not exalt them.

Job 17:5  
He who denounces his friends for plunder, even the eyes of his children will fail.

Job 17:6  
“But he has made me a byword of the people. They spit in my face.

Job 17:7  
My eye also is dim by reason of sorrow. All my members are as a shadow.

Job 17:8  
Upright men will be astonished at this. The innocent will stir himself up against the godless.

Job 17:9  
Yet the righteous will hold to his way. He who has clean hands will grow stronger and stronger.

Job 17:10  
But as for you all, come back. I will not find a wise man among you.

Job 17:11  
My days are past. My plans are broken off, as are the thoughts of my heart.

Job 17:12  
They change the night into day, saying ‘The light is near’ in the presence of darkness.

Job 17:13  
If I look for Sheol as my house, if I have spread my couch in the darkness,

Job 17:14  
if I have said to corruption, ‘You are my father,’ and to the worm, ‘My mother,’ and ‘My sister,’

Job 17:15  
where then is my hope? As for my hope, who will see it?

Job 17:16  
Shall it go down with me to the gates of Sheol, or descend together into the dust?”

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