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Job 17 (Today's New International Version)

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1 My spirit1 is broken, my days are cut short,2 the grave awaits me.3 2 Surely mockers4 surround me;5 my eyes must dwell on their hostility. 3 "Give me, O God, the pledge you demand.6 Who else will put up security7 for me?8 4 You have closed their minds to understanding;9 therefore you will not let them triumph. 5 If people denounce their friends for reward,10 the eyes of their children will fail.11 6 "God has made me a byword12 to everyone,13 a man in whose face people spit.14 7 My eyes have grown dim with grief;15 my whole frame is but a shadow.16 8 The upright are appalled at this; the innocent are aroused17 against the ungodly. 9 Nevertheless, the righteous18 will hold to their ways, and those with clean hands19 will grow stronger.20 10 "But come on, all of you, try again! I will not find a wise man among you.21 11 My days have passed,22 my plans are shattered. Yet the desires of my heart23 12 turn night into day;24 in the face of the darkness light is near.25 13 If the only home I hope for is the grave,26 if I spread out my bed27 in the realm of darkness,28 14 if I say to corruption,29 'You are my father,' and to the worm,30 'My mother' or 'My sister,' 15 where then is my hope--31 who can see any hope for me?32 16 Will it go down to the gates of death?33 Will we descend together into the dust?"34
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