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Job 17 :: English Standard Version (ESV)

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Job Continues: Where Then Is My Hope?

Unchecked Copy BoxJob 17:1 - “My spirit is broken; my days are extinct;
the graveyard is ready for me.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 17:2 - Surely there are mockers about me,
and my eye dwells on their provocation.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 17:3 - “Lay down a pledge for me with you;
who is there who will put up security for me?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 17:4 - Since you have closed their hearts to understanding,
therefore you will not let them triumph.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 17:5 - He who informs against his friends to get a share of their property—
the eyes of his children will fail.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 17:6 - “He has made me a byword of the peoples,
and I am one before whom men spit.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 17:7 - My eye has grown dim from vexation,
and all my members are like a shadow.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 17:8 - The upright are appalled at this,
and the innocent stirs himself up against the godless.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 17:9 - Yet the righteous holds to his way,
and he who has clean hands grows stronger and stronger.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 17:10 - But you, come on again, all of you,
and I shall not find a wise man among you.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 17:11 - My days are past; my plans are broken off,
the desires of my heart.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 17:12 - They make night into day:
‘The light,’ they say, ‘is near to the darkness.’[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 17:13 - If I hope for Sheol as my house,
if I make my bed in darkness,
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 17:14 - if I say to the pit, ‘You are my father,’
and to the worm, ‘My mother,’ or ‘My sister,’
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 17:15 - where then is my hope?
Who will see my hope?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 17:16 - Will it go down to the bars of Sheol?
Shall we descend together into the dust?”[fn]
ESV Footnotes
The meaning of the Hebrew is uncertain
Or Will they go down to the bars of Sheol? Is rest to be found together in the dust?

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