Job 17

Listen to Job 17

Job Continues: Where Then Is My Hope?

1 "My spirit is broken; my days are 1extinct; 2the graveyard is ready for me.
2 Surely there are mockers about me, and my eye dwells on their 3provocation.
3 "Lay down a pledge for me with yourself; who is there who will put up 4security for me?
4 Since you have closed their hearts to understanding, therefore you will not let them triumph.
5 He who informs against his friends to get a share of their property-- the 5eyes of his children will fail.
6 "He has made me 6a byword of the peoples, and I am one before whom men spit.
7 My 7eye has grown dim from vexation, and all my members are like 8a shadow.
8 The upright are 9appalled at this, and the innocent stirs himself up against the godless.
9 Yet the righteous holds to his way, and he who has 10clean hands grows stronger and stronger.
10 But you, 11come on again, all of you, and I shall not find a wise man among you.
11 My 12days are past; my plans are broken off, the desires of my heart.
12 They 13make night into day: 'The light,' they say, 'is near to the darkness.'[a]
13 If I hope for 14Sheol as 15my house, if I make my bed in darkness,
14 if I say to the pit, 'You are my father,' and to the worm, 'My mother,' or 'My sister,'
15 where then is my hope? Who will see my hope?
16 Will it go down to the bars of 16Sheol? Shall we 17descend together 18into the dust?"

Cross References 18

  • 1. [Job 18:5, 6]
  • 2. [Psalms 88:3, 4]
  • 3. 1 Samuel 1:6, 7; [Job 12:6]
  • 4. Psalms 119:122; Isaiah 38:14; Hebrews 7:22
  • 5. [Job 11:20; Job 31:16]
  • 6. Job 30:9; Deuteronomy 28:37; [Psalms 44:14; Psalms 69:11]
  • 7. [Psalms 6:7; Psalms 31:9]
  • 8. See Job 14:2
  • 9. Isaiah 52:14
  • 10. See Job 22:30
  • 11. Job 6:29
  • 12. Job 7:6; Job 9:25
  • 13. [Job 11:17]
  • 14. See Job 21:13
  • 15. [Ecclesiastes 12:5]
  • 16. [See ver. 13 above]
  • 17. [Job 3:17-19]
  • 18. Job 21:26; Job 40:13

Footnotes 1

  • [a]. The meaning of the Hebrew is uncertain

Job 17 Commentaries

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