Job 17 Lexham English Bible (LEB)
Job’s Fifth Speech, Continued
17 “My spirit is pulled down; my days are extinguished;
the graveyard is for me.
2 Surely mockery is with me,
and my eye rests on their provocation.
3 Please lay down a pledge for me with yourself;
who is he who will give security for my hand?
4 Indeed, you have closed their mind from understanding;
therefore, you will not let them triumph.
5 He denounces friends for reward,
so his children’s eyes will fail.
6 “And he has made me a proverb for the peoples,
and I am one before whom people spit.
7 And my eye has grown dim from grief,
and the limbs of my body are all like a shadow.
8 The upright are appalled at this,
and the innocent excites himself over the godless.
9 But the righteous holds on to his way,
and he who has clean hands increases in strength.
10 But all of you must return—please come!
But I shall not find a wise person among you.
11 “My days are past; my plans are broken down—
even the desires of my heart.
12 They make night into day,
saying, ‘Light is near to darkness.’
13 If I hope for Sheol as my house,
if I spread my couch in the darkness,
14 if I call to the pit, ‘You are my father,’
to the maggot, ‘You are my mother or my sister,’
15 where then is my hope?
And who will see my hope?
16 Will they go down to the bars of Sheol?
Or shall we descend together into the dust?”