Job 17:3

3 “Give me, O God, the pledge you demand. Who else will put up security for me?

Job 17:3 in Other Translations

3 Lay down now, put me in a surety with thee; who is he that will strike hands with me?
3 "Lay down a pledge for me with yourself; who is there who will put up security for me?
3 “You must defend my innocence, O God, since no one else will stand up for me.
3 "O God, pledge your support for me. Give it to me in writing, with your signature. You're the only one who can do it!
3 Make arrangements! Put up security for me. Who [else] will be my sponsor?

Job 17:3 Meaning and Commentary

Job 17:3

Lay down now
A pledge that thou wilt provide a surety, appoint and admit one to plead for me, and that thou wilt hear my cause, and determine it; or "put now", or "put, I pray thee" F18, thy heart and mind to me and my case, to my petition and request, and grant it:

put me in a surety with thee;
appoint, provide, and place a surety for me with thee, and let him appear to do his work and office: such an one Jesus Christ is; he is of God the Father's appointing to be the Mediator between God and men, and who himself voluntarily engaged and agreed to be the surety of the better testament; and this was known to the Old Testament saints, and to Job; and his prayer was the prayer of faith: and this work and office Christ performs; he was surety for his people from eternity, he drew nigh to God on their account, and struck hands with his Father, or covenanted and agreed with him about the salvation of his people, and the manner of it; he gave his word, his bond, to his Father for them, that he would save them; and upon that suretyship engagement of Christ all the Old Testament saints were pardoned, justified, and glorified; he promised and bound himself to pay all their debts, to satisfy for all their sins, to bring in an everlasting righteousness for them, and to bring them all safe to heaven and happiness; in order to which, he put himself in their room and stead, and laid down his life a ransom for them; upon which Job might say, and so may every believer, what follows,

who [is] he [that] will strike hands with me?
that will enter the lists, litigate and dispute the point with me, or bring any charge or accusation against me, having such a surety to answer for me, such an advocate to plead my cause, such a Mediator between God and man, who has made reconciliation for sin, brought in everlasting righteousness, and satisfied law and justice, see ( Romans 8:33 Romans 8:34 ) ; or else the sense is, "who [is] he", besides him that is a surety of God's appointing and providing, "can strike bands with me?" or be a surety for me? there is no other Mediator, Saviour, or Redeemer, besides him; if he had not undertaken the cause of his people, and the redemption of them, it must have ceased for ever, no other was equal to such a work; so that here is another reason used with the Lord to provide a surety, since no other could to any purpose.


F18 (an hmyv) "pone nunc", Montanus; "poae quaeso", Pagninus, Piscator, Mercerus, Cocceius, Schmidt; "sub cor tunm", Vatablus.

Job 17:3 In-Context

1 My spirit is broken, my days are cut short, the grave awaits me.
2 Surely mockers surround me; my eyes must dwell on their hostility.
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; therefore you will not let them triumph.
5 If anyone denounces their friends for reward, the eyes of their children will fail.

Cross References 3

  • 1. Psalms 35:27; Psalms 119:122
  • 2. Proverbs 6:1
  • 3. Psalms 35:2; Psalms 40:17; Isaiah 38:14
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