Job’s Reply (continued)
17:1 My breath is corrupt, my days are extinct, the
graves are ready for me.
17:2 Are there not mockers with me? and doth not mine eye
continue in their provocation?
17:3 Lay down now, put me in a surety with thee; who is he
that will strike hands with me?
17:4 For thou hast hid their heart from understanding:
therefore shalt thou not exalt them.
17:5 He that speaketh flattery to his friends, even the
eyes of his children shall fail.
17:6 He hath made me also a byword of the people; and
aforetime I was as a tabret.
17:7 Mine eye also is dim by reason of sorrow, and all my
members are as a shadow.
17:8 Upright men shall be astonied at this, and the
innocent shall stir up himself against the hypocrite.
17:9 The righteous also shall hold on his way, and he that
hath clean hands shall be stronger and stronger.
17:10 But as for you all, do ye return, and come now: for I
cannot find one wise man among you.
17:11 My days are past, my purposes are broken off, even
the thoughts of my heart.
17:12 They change the night into day: the light is short
because of darkness.
17:13 If I wait, the grave is mine house: I have made my
bed in the darkness.
17:14 I have said to corruption, Thou art my father: to the
worm, Thou art my mother, and my sister.
17:15 And where is now my hope? as for my hope, who shall
17:16 They shall go down to the bars of the pit, when our
rest together is in the dust.