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Job 17


Job Says He Has Become a Byword

Job 17:1   "My spirit is broken, my days are extinguished, The grave is ready for me.
Job 17:2   "Surely mockers are with me, And my eye gazes on their provocation.
Job 17:3   "Lay down, now, a pledge for me with Yourself; Who is there that will be my guarantor?
Job 17:4   "For You have kept their heart from understanding, Therefore You will not exalt them.
Job 17:5   "He who informs against friends for a share of the spoil, The eyes of his children also will languish.
Job 17:6   "But He has made me a byword of the people, And I am one at whom men spit.
Job 17:7   "My eye has also grown dim because of grief, And all my members are as a shadow.
Job 17:8   "The upright will be appalled at this, And the innocent will stir up himself against the godless.
Job 17:9   "Nevertheless the righteous will hold to his way, And he who has clean hands will grow stronger and stronger.
Job 17:10   "But come again all of you now, For I do not find a wise man among you.
Job 17:11   "My days are past, my plans are torn apart, Even the wishes of my heart.
Job 17:12   "They make night into day, saying, 'The light is near,' in the presence of darkness.
Job 17:13   "If I look for Sheol as my home, I make my bed in the darkness;
Job 17:14   If I call to the pit, 'You are my father'; To the worm, 'my mother and my sister';
Job 17:15   Where now is my hope? And who regards my hope?
Job 17:16   "Will it go down with me to Sheol? Shall we together go down into the dust?"
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