17 Job Says He Has Become a Byword
1 "My spirit is broken, my days are
The grave is ready for me.
2 "Surely mockers are with me,
And my eye gazes on their provocation.
3 "Lay down, now, a pledge for me
Who is there that will be my guarantor?
4 "For You have kept their heart from
Therefore You will not exalt them.
5 "He who informs against friends
for a share of the spoil,
The eyes of his children also will languish.
6 "But He has made me a byword of
And I am one at whom men spit.
7 "My eye has also grown dim because
And all my members are as a shadow.
8 "The upright will be appalled at this,
And the innocent will stir up himself
against the godless.
9 "Nevertheless the righteous will hold
to his way,
And he who has clean hands will grow
stronger and stronger.
10 "But come again all of you now,
For I do not find a wise man among you.
11 "My days are past, my plans are
Even the wishes of my heart.
12 "They make night into day, saying,
`The light is near,' in the presence of
13 "If I look for Sheol as my home,
I make my bed in the darkness;
14 If I call to the pit, `You are my father';
To the worm, `my mother and my sister';
15 Where now is my hope?
And who regards my hope?
16 "Will it go down with me to Sheol?
Shall we together go down into the dust?"
18 Bildad Speaks of the Wicked
1 Then Bildad the Shuhite responded,
2 "How long will you hunt for words?
Show understanding and then we can talk.
3 "Why are we regarded as beasts,
As stupid in your eyes?
4 "O you who tear yourself in your anger--
For your sake is the earth to be abandoned,
Or the rock to be moved from its place?
5 "Indeed, the light of the wicked goes out,
And the flame of his fire gives no light.
6 "The light in his tent is darkened,
And his lamp goes out above him.
7 "His vigorous stride is shortened,
And his own scheme brings him down.
8 "For he is thrown into the net by his
And he steps on the webbing.
9 "A snare seizes him by the heel,
And a trap snaps shut on him.
10 "A noose for him is hidden in
And a trap for him on the path.
11 "All around terrors frighten him,
And harry him at every step.
12 "His strength is famished,
And calamity is ready at his side.
13 "His skin is devoured by disease,
The firstborn of death devours his limbs.
14 "He is torn from the security of his tent,
And they march him before the king
15 "There dwells in his tent nothing of his;
Brimstone is scattered on his habitation.
16 "His roots are dried below,
And his branch is cut off above.
17 "Memory of him perishes from the earth,
And he has no name abroad.
18 "He is driven from light into darkness,
And chased from the inhabited world.
19 "He has no offspring or posterity among
Nor any survivor where he sojourned.
20 "Those in the west are appalled at his fate,
And those in the east are seized with horror.
21 "Surely such are the dwellings of the wicked,
And this is the place of him who does
not know God."
19 Job Feels Insulted
1 Then Job responded,
2 "How long will you torment me
And crush me with words?
3 "These ten times you have insulted me;
You are not ashamed to wrong me.
4 "Even if I have truly erred,
My error lodges with me.
5 "If indeed you vaunt yourselves
And prove my disgrace to me,
6 Know then that God has wronged me
And has closed His net around me.
Everything Is against Him
7 "Behold, I cry, `Violence!' but I get
I shout for help, but there is no justice.
8 "He has walled up my way so that I
And He has put darkness on my paths.
9 "He has stripped my honor from me
And removed the crown from my head.
10 "He breaks me down on every side,
and I am gone;
And He has uprooted my hope like a tree.
11 "He has also kindled His anger
And considered me as His enemy.
12 "His troops come together,
And build up their way against me
And camp around my tent.
13 "He has removed my brothers far
And my acquaintances are completely
estranged from me.
14 "My relatives have failed,
And my intimate friends have forgotten
15 "Those who live in my house and my
maids consider me a stranger.
I am a foreigner in their sight.
16 "I call to my servant, but he does not
I have to implore him with my mouth.
17 "My breath is offensive to my wife,
And I am loathsome to my own brothers.
18 "Even young children despise me;
I rise up and they speak against me.
19 "All my associates abhor me,
And those I love have turned against me.
20 "My bone clings to my skin and my flesh,
And I have escaped only by the skin of
21 "Pity me, pity me, O you my friends,
For the hand of God has struck me.
22 "Why do you persecute me as
And are not satisfied with my flesh?
Job Says, "My Redeemer Lives"
23 "Oh that my words were written!
Oh that they were inscribed in a book!
24 "That with an iron stylus and lead
They were engraved in the rock forever!
25 "As for me, I know that my Redeemer
And at the last He will take His stand
on the earth.
26 "Even after my skin is destroyed,
Yet from my flesh I shall see God;
27 Whom I myself shall behold,
And whom my eyes will see and not
My heart faints within me!
28 "If you say, `How shall we persecute
And `What pretext for a case against him
can we find?'
29 "Then be afraid of the sword for
For wrath brings the punishment of
So that you may know there is judgment."