17 My hopes have died, my time is up, and the grave is ready. 2 All I can see are angry crowds, making fun of me. 3 If you, Lord, don’t help, who will pay the price for my release? 4 My friends won’t really listen, all because of you, and so you must be the one to prove them wrong. 5 They have condemned me, just to benefit themselves; now blind their children.
6 You, God, are the reason I am insulted and spit on. 7 I am almost blind with grief; my body is a mere shadow.
8 People who are truly good would feel so alarmed, that they would become angry at my worthless friends. 9 They would do the right thing and because they did, they would grow stronger.[a] 10 But none of my friends show any sense.
11 My life is drawing to an end; hope has disappeared. 12 But all my friends can do is offer empty hopes.[b] 13 I could tell the world below to prepare me a bed. 14 Then I could greet the grave as my father and say to the worms, “Hello, mother and sisters!”
15 But what kind of hope is that? 16 Will it keep me company in the world of the dead?
2 How long will you talk? Be sensible! Let us speak. 3 Or do you think that we are dumb animals? 4 You cut yourself in anger. Will that shake the earth or even move the rocks?
5 The lamps of sinful people soon are snuffed out, 6 leaving their tents dark. 7 Their powerful legs become weak, and they stumble on schemes of their own doing. 8 Before they know it, 9 they are trapped in a net, 10 hidden along the path. 11 Terror strikes and pursues from every side. 12 Starving, they run, only to meet disaster, 13 then afterwards to be eaten alive by death itself.
14 Those sinners are dragged from the safety of their tents to die a gruesome death. 15 Then their tents and possessions are burned to ashes, 16 and they are left like trees, dried up from the roots. 17 They are gone and forgotten, 18 thrown far from the light into a world of darkness, 19 without any children to carry on their name. 20 Everyone, from east to west, is overwhelmed with horror. 21 Such is the fate of sinners and their families who don’t know God.
Job’s Reply to Bildad
How Long Will You Torture Me?
19 Job said:
2 How long will you torture me with your words? 3 Isn’t ten times enough for you to accuse me? Aren’t you ashamed? 4 Even if I have sinned, you haven’t been harmed. 5 You boast of your goodness, claiming I am suffering because I am guilty. 6 But God is the one at fault for finding fault with me.
7 Though I pray to be rescued from this torment, no whisper of justice answers me. 8 God has me trapped with a wall of darkness 9 and stripped of respect. 10 God rips me apart, uproots my hopes, 11 and attacks with fierce anger, as though I were his enemy. 12 His entire army advances, then surrounds my tent.
I Am Forgotten
13 God has turned relatives and friends against me, 14 and I am forgotten. 15 My guests and my servants consider me a stranger, 16 and when I call my servants, they pay no attention. 17 My breath disgusts my wife; everyone in my family turns away. 18 Young children can’t stand me, and when I come near, they make fun. 19 My best friends and loved ones have turned from me. 20 I am skin and bones— just barely alive. 21 My friends, I beg you for pity! God has made me his target. 22 Hasn’t he already done enough? Why do you join the attack?
23 I wish that my words could be written down 24 or chiseled into rock. 25 I know that my Savior[d] lives, and at the end he will stand on this earth. 26 My flesh may be destroyed, yet from this body I will see God.[e] 27 Yes, I will see him for myself, and I long for that moment.
28 My friends, you think up ways to blame and torment me, saying I brought it on myself. 29 But watch out for the judgment, when God will punish you!
2 Your words are disturbing; now I must speak. 3 You have accused and insulted me, and reason requires a reply. 4 Since the time of creation, everyone has known 5 that sinful people are happy for only a while. 6 Though their pride and power may reach to the sky, 7 they will disappear like dust, and those who knew them will wonder what happened. 8 They will be forgotten like a dream 9 and vanish from the sight of family and friends. 10 Their children will have to repay what the parents took from the poor. 11 Indeed, the wicked will die and go to their graves in the prime of life.
Sinners Love the Taste of Sin
12 Sinners love the taste of sin; they relish every bite 13 and swallow it slowly. 14 But their food will turn sour and poison their stomachs. 15 Then God will make them lose the wealth they gobbled down. 16 They will die from the fangs of poisonous snakes 17 and never enjoy rivers flowing with milk and honey. 18 Their hard work will result in nothing gained, 19 because they cheated the poor and took their homes.
20 Greedy people want everything and are never satisfied.[g] 21 But when nothing remains for them to grab, they will be nothing. 22 Once they have everything, distress and despair will strike them down, 23 and God will make them swallow his blazing anger.[h]
24 While running from iron spears, they will be killed by arrows of bronze, 25 whose shining tips go straight through their bodies. They will be trapped by terror, 26 and what they treasure most will be lost in the dark. God will send flames to destroy them in their tents with all their property. 27 The heavens and the earth will testify against them, 28 and all their possessions will be dragged off when God becomes angry. 29 This is what God has decided for those who are evil.
17.9stronger: One possible meaning for the difficult Hebrew text of verses 8,9.
17.12hopes: One possible meaning for the difficult Hebrew text of verse 12.
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