2 Are there not mockers with me? and doth not mine eye continue [1] in their provocation?

Other Translations of Job 17:2

New International Version

2 Surely mockers surround me; my eyes must dwell on their hostility.

English Standard Version

2 Surely there are mockers about me, and my eye dwells on their provocation.

The Message

2 See how these mockers close in on me? How long do I have to put up with their insolence?

New King James Version

2 Are not mockers with me? And does not my eye dwell on their provocation?

New Living Translation

2 I am surrounded by mockers. I watch how bitterly they taunt me.

Matthew Henry's Commentary on Job 17:2

Commentary on Job 17:1-9

(Read Job 17:1-9)

Job reflects upon the harsh censures his friends had passed upon him, and, looking on himself as a dying man, he appeals to God. Our time is ending. It concerns us carefully to redeem the days of time, and to spend them in getting ready for eternity. We see the good use the righteous should make of Job's afflictions from God, from enemies, and from friends. Instead of being discouraged in the service of God, by the hard usage this faithful servant of God met with, they should be made bold to proceed and persevere therein. Those who keep their eye upon heaven as their end, will keep their feet in the paths of religion as their way, whatever difficulties and discouragements they may meet with.