171My breath is corrupt, my days are extinct, the graves are ready for me.17.1 breath…: or, spirit is spent 2Are there not mockers with me? and doth not mine eye continue in their provocation?17.2 continue: Heb. lodge 3Lay down now, put me in a surety with thee; who is he that will strike hands with me? 4For thou hast hid their heart from understanding: therefore shalt thou not exalt them. 5He that speaketh flattery to his friends, even the eyes of his children shall fail. 6He hath made me also a byword of the people; and aforetime I was as a tabret.17.6 aforetime: or, before them 7Mine eye also is dim by reason of sorrow, and all my members are as a shadow.17.7 my members: or, my thoughts 8Upright men shall be astonied at this, and the innocent shall stir up himself against the hypocrite. 9The righteous also shall hold on his way, and he that hath clean hands shall be stronger and stronger.17.9 be…: Heb. add strength
10But as for you all, do ye return, and come now: for I cannot find one wise man among you. 11My days are past, my purposes are broken off, even the thoughts of my heart.17.11 the thoughts: Heb. the possessions 12They change the night into day: the light is short because of darkness.17.12 short: Heb. near 13If I wait, the grave is mine house: I have made my bed in the darkness. 14I have said to corruption, Thou art my father: to the worm, Thou art my mother, and my sister.17.14 said: Heb. cried, or, called 15And where is now my hope? as for my hope, who shall see it? 16They shall go down to the bars of the pit, when our rest together is in the dust.
181Then answered Bildad the Shuhite, and said, 2How long will it be ere ye make an end of words? mark, and afterwards we will speak. 3Wherefore are we counted as beasts, and reputed vile in your sight? 4He teareth himself in his anger: shall the earth be forsaken for thee? and shall the rock be removed out of his place?18.4 himself: Heb. his soul
5Yea, the light of the wicked shall be put out, and the spark of his fire shall not shine. 6The light shall be dark in his tabernacle, and his candle shall be put out with him.18.6 candle: or, lamp 7The steps of his strength shall be straitened, and his own counsel shall cast him down. 8For he is cast into a net by his own feet, and he walketh upon a snare. 9The gin shall take him by the heel, and the robber shall prevail against him. 10The snare is laid for him in the ground, and a trap for him in the way.18.10 laid: Heb. hidden
11Terrors shall make him afraid on every side, and shall drive him to his feet.18.11 drive: Heb. scatter 12His strength shall be hungerbitten, and destruction shall be ready at his side. 13It shall devour the strength of his skin: even the firstborn of death shall devour his strength.18.13 strength: Heb. bars 14His confidence shall be rooted out of his tabernacle, and it shall bring him to the king of terrors. 15It shall dwell in his tabernacle, because it is none of his: brimstone shall be scattered upon his habitation. 16His roots shall be dried up beneath, and above shall his branch be cut off. 17His remembrance shall perish from the earth, and he shall have no name in the street. 18He shall be driven from light into darkness, and chased out of the world.18.18 He…: Heb. They shall drive him 19He shall neither have son nor nephew among his people, nor any remaining in his dwellings. 20They that come after him shall be astonied at his day, as they that went before were affrighted.18.20 went…: or, lived with him18.20 were…: Heb. laid hold on horror 21Surely such are the dwellings of the wicked, and this is the place of him that knoweth not God.
191Then Job answered and said, 2How long will ye vex my soul, and break me in pieces with words? 3These ten times have ye reproached me: ye are not ashamed that ye make yourselves strange to me.19.3 make…: or, harden yourselves against me 4And be it indeed that I have erred, mine error remaineth with myself. 5If indeed ye will magnify yourselves against me, and plead against me my reproach: 6Know now that God hath overthrown me, and hath compassed me with his net. 7Behold, I cry out of wrong, but I am not heard: I cry aloud, but there is no judgment.19.7 wrong: or, violence
8He hath fenced up my way that I cannot pass, and he hath set darkness in my paths. 9He hath stripped me of my glory, and taken the crown from my head. 10He hath destroyed me on every side, and I am gone: and mine hope hath he removed like a tree. 11He hath also kindled his wrath against me, and he counteth me unto him as one of his enemies. 12His troops come together, and raise up their way against me, and encamp round about my tabernacle. 13He hath put my brethren far from me, and mine acquaintance are verily estranged from me. 14My kinsfolk have failed, and my familiar friends have forgotten me. 15They that dwell in mine house, and my maids, count me for a stranger: I am an alien in their sight. 16I called my servant, and he gave me no answer; I intreated him with my mouth. 17My breath is strange to my wife, though I intreated for the children’s sake of mine own body.19.17 mine…: Heb. my belly 18Yea, young children despised me; I arose, and they spake against me.19.18 young…: or, the wicked 19All my inward friends abhorred me: and they whom I loved are turned against me.19.19 my…: Heb. the men of my secret 20My bone cleaveth to my skin and to my flesh, and I am escaped with the skin of my teeth.19.20 and to: or, as to 21Have pity upon me, have pity upon me, O ye my friends; for the hand of God hath touched me. 22Why do ye persecute me as God, and are not satisfied with my flesh?
23Oh that my words were now written! oh that they were printed in a book!19.23 Oh…: Heb. Who will give, etc 24That they were graven with an iron pen and lead in the rock for ever! 25For I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth: 26And though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God:19.26 And…: or, After I shall awake, though this body be destroyed, yet out of my flesh 27Whom I shall see for myself, and mine eyes shall behold, and not another; though my reins be consumed within me.19.27 another: Heb. a stranger19.27 though…: or, my reins within me are consumed with earnest desire (for that day)19.27 within…: Heb. in my bosom 28But ye should say, Why persecute we him, seeing the root of the matter is found in me?19.28 seeing…: or, and what root of matter is found in me? 29Be ye afraid of the sword: for wrath bringeth the punishments of the sword, that ye may know there is a judgment.