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Job 17 NLT/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

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1 "My spirit is crushed, and I am near death. The grave is ready to receive me. 1 My spirit is broken, my days are cut short, the grave awaits me.
2 I am surrounded by mockers. I watch how bitterly they taunt me." 2 Surely mockers surround me; my eyes must dwell on their hostility.
3 "You must defend my innocence, O God, since no one else will stand up for me. 3 "Give me, O God, the pledge you demand. Who else will put up security for me?
4 You have closed their minds to understanding, but do not let them triumph. 4 You have closed their minds to understanding; therefore you will not let them triumph.
5 They denounce their companions for their own advantage, so let their children faint with hunger." 5 If a man denounces his friends for reward, the eyes of his children will fail.
6 "God has made a mockery of me among the people; they spit in my face. 6 "God has made me a byword to everyone, a man in whose face people spit.
7 My eyes are dim with weeping, and I am but a shadow of my former self. 7 My eyes have grown dim with grief; my whole frame is but a shadow.
8 The upright are astonished when they see me. The innocent are aroused against the ungodly. 8 Upright men are appalled at this; the innocent are aroused against the ungodly.
9 The righteous will move onward and forward, and those with pure hearts will become stronger and stronger." 9 Nevertheless, the righteous will hold to their ways, and those with clean hands will grow stronger.
10 "As for all of you, come back and try again! But I will not find a wise man among you. 10 "But come on, all of you, try again! I will not find a wise man among you.
11 My days are over. My hopes have disappeared. My heart's desires are broken. 11 My days have passed, my plans are shattered, and so are the desires of my heart.
12 They say that night is day and day is night; how they pervert the truth! 12 These men turn night into day; in the face of darkness they say, 'Light is near.'
13 I might go to the grave and make my bed in darkness. 13 If the only home I hope for is the grave, if I spread out my bed in darkness,
14 And I might call the grave my father, and the worm my mother and my sister. 14 if I say to corruption, 'You are my father,' and to the worm, 'My mother' or 'My sister,'
15 But where then is my hope? Can anyone find it? 15 where then is my hope? Who can see any hope for me?
16 No, my hope will go down with me to the grave. We will rest together in the dust!" 16 Will it go down to the gates of death ? Will we descend together into the dust?"