Job 17 NIV

1 My spirit1 is broken, my days are cut short,2 the grave awaits me.3

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2 Surely mockers4 surround me;5 my eyes must dwell on their hostility.

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3 "Give me, O God, the pledge you demand.6 Who else will put up security7 for me?8

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4 You have closed their minds to understanding;9 therefore you will not let them triumph.

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5 If a man denounces his friends for reward,10 the eyes of his children will fail.11

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6 "God has made me a byword12 to everyone,13 a man in whose face people spit.14

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      7 My eyes have grown dim with grief;15 my whole frame is but a shadow.16

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      8 Upright men are appalled at this; the innocent are aroused17 against the ungodly.

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      9 Nevertheless, the righteous18 will hold to their ways, and those with clean hands19 will grow stronger.20

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      10 "But come on, all of you, try again! I will not find a wise man among you.21

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      11 My days have passed,22 my plans are shattered, and so are the desires of my heart.23

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      12 These men turn night into day;24 in the face of darkness they say, 'Light is near.'25

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      13 If the only home I hope for is the grave,a26 if I spread out my bed27 in darkness,28

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      14 if I say to corruption,29 'You are my father,' and to the worm,30 'My mother' or 'My sister,'

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      15 where then is my hope?31 Who can see any hope for me?32

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      16 Will it go down to the gates of deathb ?33 Will we descend together into the dust?"34

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