THE BOOK OF
Job 17 ©
Job returns again to his complaint over his miserable life, v. 1, etc. And unkind friends, 3. He appeals from his friends to God, 5. He shows what usually accompanies great misery and adversity, 6. Exhorts his friends to judge and speak better, 10. He does not hope to recover of his disease, but to die, 11.
MY 1breath is 2corrupt, 3my days are extinct, the graves 4are ready for me.
Are there not 5mockers with me? and doth not mine eye 6continue in 7their provocation?
8Lay down now, 9put me in a surety with thee; who is he that will strike 10handsa with me?
For thou hast hid 11their heart from understanding: therefore shalt thou not 12exalt them.
13He that speaketh flattery to his friends, even the 14eyes of his children shall fail.
15Heb hath made me also 16a byword of the people; and aforetime I was as 17a tabret.
18Mine eye also is dim 19by reason of sorrow, and all my 20members are as a shadow.
Upright men shall be astonied 21at this, and the innocent shall 22stir up himself against the 23hypocrite.
The righteous also 24shall hold on his way, and he 25that hath clean hands 26shall be stronger and stronger.
Butc as for 27you all, do ye return, and 28come now: for I cannot find one wise man among you.
Myd days are past, 29my purposes are broken off, even 30the thoughts of my heart.
31They change the night into day: 32the light 33is short 34because of darkness.
35If I wait, 36the grave is mine house: I have made my bed 37in the darkness.
I have said 38to corruption, Thou art my father: to the worm, Thou art my mother, and my sister.
And 39where is now my 40hope? as for my hope, who shall see it?
41They shall go down to the 42bars of the pit, 43when our rest 44together is ine the dust.