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|See commentary, Who Else Will Put Up Security For Me?, Job 17-21 | See Bible Dictionary|
Job appeals from men to God.17:1 “My spirit is consumed.
My days are extinct,
And the grave is ready for me.
17:2 Surely there are mockers with me.
My eye dwells on their provocation.
17:3 “Now give a pledge, be collateral for me with yourself.
Who is there who will strike hands with me?
17:4 For you have hidden their heart from understanding,
Therefore you shall not exalt them.
17:5 He who denounces his friends for a prey,
Even the eyes of his children shall fail.
The unmerciful dealing of men with the afflicted may astonish, but not discourage the righteous.
17:6 “But he has made me a byword of the people.
They spit in my face.
17:7 My eye also is dim by reason of sorrow.
All my members are as a shadow.
17:8 Upright men shall be astonished at this.
The innocent shall stir up himself against the godless.
17:9 Yet shall the righteous hold on his way.
He who has clean hands shall grow stronger and stronger.
17:10 But as for you all, come on now again;
I shall not find a wise man among you.
His hope is not in life, but in death.
17:11 My days are past, my plans are broken off,
as are the thoughts of my heart.
17:12 They change the night into day,
saying‘The light is near’in the presence of darkness.
17:13 If I look for Sheol as my house,
if I have spread my couch in the darkness,
17:14 If I have said to corruption,‘You are my father;’to the worm,‘My mother,’ and ‘my sister;’
17:15 where then is my hope?
as for my hope, who shall see it?
17:16 Shall it go down with me to the gates of Sheol,
or descend together into the dust?”