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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?”