Job Continues: Where Then Is My Hope?

Job 17

1 "My spirit is broken,
My days are extinguished,
a The grave is ready for me.
2 Are not mockers with me?
And does not my eye 1 dwell on their b provocation?

3 "Now put down a pledge for me with Yourself.
Who is he who c will shake hands with me?
4 For You have hidden their heart from d understanding;
Therefore You will not exalt them.
5 He who speaks flattery to his friends,
Even the eyes of his children will e fail.

6 "But He has made me f a byword of the people,
And I have become one in whose face men spit.
7 g My eye has also grown dim because of sorrow,
And all my members are like shadows.
8 Upright men are astonished at this,
And the innocent stirs himself up against the hypocrite.
9 Yet the righteous will hold to his h way,
And he who has i clean hands will be stronger and stronger.
10 "But please, j come back again, 2 all of you,
For I shall not find one wise man among you.
11 k My days are past,
My purposes are broken off,
Even the 3 thoughts of my heart.
12 They change the night into day;
'The light is near,' they say, in the face of darkness.
13 If I wait for the grave as my house,
If I make my bed in the darkness,
14 If I say to corruption, 'You are my father,'
And to the worm, 'You are my mother and my sister,'
15 Where then is my l hope?
As for my hope, who can see it?
16 Will they go down m to the gates of 4 Sheol?
Shall we have n rest together in the dust?"

New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.
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