Job 17 New International Version

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17 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. 6  "God has made me a byword to everyone, a man in whose face people spit. 7  My eyes have grown dim with grief; my whole frame is but a shadow. 8  The upright are appalled at this; the innocent are aroused against the ungodly. 9  Nevertheless, the righteous will hold to their ways, and those with clean hands will grow stronger.

10  "But come on, all of you, try again! I will not find a wise man among you. 11  My days have passed, my plans are shattered. Yet the desires of my heart 12  turn night into day; in the face of the darkness light is near. 13  If the only home I hope for is the grave, if I spread out my bed in the realm of darkness, 14  if I say to corruption, 'You are my father,' and to the worm, 'My mother' or 'My sister,' 15  where then is my hope- who can see any hope for me? 16  Will it go down to the gates of death? Will we descend together into the dust?"

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