17 The end of my life is near. I can hardly breathe; there is nothing left for me but the grave. 2 I watch how bitterly everyone mocks me. 3 I am being honest, God. Accept my word. There is no one else to support what I say. 4 You have closed their minds to reason; don't let them triumph over me now. 5 In the old proverb someone betrays his friends for money, and his children suffer for it.[a] 6 And now people use this proverb against me; they come and spit in my face. 7 My grief has almost made me blind; my arms and legs are as thin as shadows. 8 Those who claim to be honest are shocked, and they all condemn me as godless. 9 Those who claim to be respectable are more and more convinced they are right. 10 But if all of them came and stood before me, I would not find even one of them wise.
11 My days have passed; my plans have failed; my hope is gone. 12 But my friends say night is daylight; they say that light is near, but I know I remain in darkness. 13 My only hope is the world of the dead, where I will lie down to sleep in the dark. 14 I will call the grave my father, and the worms that eat me I will call my mother and my sisters. 15 Where is there any hope for me? Who sees any? 16 Hope will not go with me[b] when I go down to the world of the dead.
Job 17:5someone … suffer for it; or someone entertains his friends while his children go hungry.
Job 17:16One ancient translation with me; Hebrew unclear.
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