Job Says He Has Become a Byword

1 "My spirit is broken, my days are extinguished, The 1grave is ready for me.

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2 "2Surely * mockers are with me, And my eye gazes on their provocation.

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3 "Lay down, now, a pledge 3for me with Yourself; Who is there that will be my guarantor *?

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    • c 17:3 - Lit "strike hands with me"
      4 "For You have 4kept their heart from understanding, Therefore * You will not exalt them.

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        • d 17:4 - Lit "hidden"
          5 "He who 5informs against friends for a share of the spoil, The 6eyes of his children also will languish.

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          6 "But He has made me a 7byword of the people, And I am one at whom men 8spit.

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            • e 17:6 - Lit "a spitting to the faces"
              7 "My eye has also grown 9dim because of grief, And all my 10members are as a shadow.

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              8 "The upright will be appalled at this, And the 11innocent will stir up himself against the godless.

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              9 "Nevertheless 12the righteous will hold to his way, And 13he who has clean hands will grow stronger and stronger.

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              10 "But come again all of you now, For I 14do not find a wise man among you.

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                • f 17:10 - With some ancient mss and versions; M.T. "them"
                  11 "My 15days are past, my plans are torn apart, Even the wishes of my heart.

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                  12 "They make night into day, saying, 'The light is near,' in the presence of darkness.
                  13 "If I look for 16Sheol as my home, I make my bed in the darkness;

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                    • g 17:13 - Lit "spread out"
                      14 If I call to the 17pit, 'You are my father '; To the 18worm, 'my mother and my sister ';

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                      15 Where now is 19my hope? And who regards my hope?

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                      16 "Will it go down with me to Sheol? Shall we together 20go down into the dust?"

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                        • h 17:16 - So the Gr; Heb possibly "Let my" limbs "sink down to Sheol, since there is rest in the dust for all"