Job 17:1-16

Job 17:1-2-10-16 The Message (MSG)

“My spirit is broken, my days used up, my grave dug and waiting. See how these mockers close in on me? How long do I have to put up with their insolence? “O God, pledge your support for me. Give it to me in writing, with your signature. You’re the only one who can do it! These people are so useless! You know firsthand how stupid they can be. You wouldn’t let them have the last word, would you? Those who betray their own friends leave a legacy of abuse to their children. “God, you’ve made me the talk of the town— people spit in my face; I can hardly see from crying so much; I’m nothing but skin and bones. Decent people can’t believe what they’re seeing; the good-hearted wake up and insist I’ve given up on God. “But principled people hold tight, keep a firm grip on life, sure that their clean, pure hands will get stronger and stronger! “Maybe you’d all like to start over, to try it again, the bunch of you. So far I haven’t come across one scrap of wisdom in anything you’ve said. My life’s about over. All my plans are smashed, all my hopes are snuffed out— My hope that night would turn into day, my hope that dawn was about to break. If all I have to look forward to is a home in the graveyard, if my only hope for comfort is a well-built coffin, If a family reunion means going six feet under, and the only family that shows up is worms, Do you call that hope? Who on earth could find any hope in that? No. If hope and I are to be buried together, I suppose you’ll all come to the double funeral!”

Job 17:1-16 Amplified Bible (AMP)

“My spirit is broken, my days are extinguished, The grave is ready for me. Surely there are mockers and mockery with me, And my eye gazes on their obstinacy and provocation. “Give me a pledge (guarantee, promise) with Yourself [acknowledge my innocence before my death]; Who is there that will be my guarantor and give security for me? But You [Lord] have closed their hearts to understanding, Therefore You will not exalt them [by giving a verdict against me]. He who denounces and informs against his friends for a share of the spoil, The eyes of his children will also languish and fail. “But He has made me a byword and mockery among the people, And I have become one in whose face people spit. My eye has grown dim (unexpressive) because of grief, And all my [body’s] members are [wasted away] like a shadow. The upright will be [astonished and] appalled at this, And the innocent will stir himself up against the godless and polluted. Nevertheless the righteous will hold to his ways, And he who has clean hands will grow stronger and stronger. But as for all of you, come back again, Even though I do not find a wise man among you. My days are past, my purposes and plans are frustrated and torn apart; The wishes of my heart [are broken]. These [thoughts try to] make the night into the day; ‘The light is near,’ they say in the presence of darkness [but they pervert the truth]. But if I look to Sheol (the nether world, the place of the dead) as my home, If I make my bed in the darkness, If I call out to the pit (grave), ‘You are my father’; And to the worm [that feeds on decay], ‘You are my mother and my sister [because I will soon be closest to you],’ Where now is my hope? And who regards or considers or is even concerned about my hope? Will my hope go down with me to Sheol (the nether world, the place of the dead)? Shall we go down together in the dust?”