1My spirit is broken.
My days are extinguished.
A graveyard #Jb 3:22|NoBook| 5:26|NoBook| 10:19 awaits me.
2Surely mockers surround # Lit are with me
and my eyes must gaze at their rebellion. #Ps 22:7|NoBook| 119:51Jr 20:7
3Make arrangements! Put up security for me. # Lit me with You #Gn 43:9Ps 119:122Pr 6:1
Who else will be my sponsor? # Lit Who is there that will strike himself into my hand
4You have closed their minds to understanding,
therefore You will not honor them.
5If a man informs on his friends for a price,
the eyes of his children will fail.
6He has made me an object of scorn to the people;
I have become a man people spit at. # Lit become a spitting to the faces #Nm 12:14Is 50:6Mt 27:30
7My eyes have grown dim from grief,
and my whole body has become but a shadow.
8The upright are appalled #Jb 18:20|NoBook| 21:5Dn 4:19 at this,
and the innocent are roused against the godless.
9Yet the righteous person will hold to his way,
and the one whose hands are clean #2Sm 22:21Jb 22:30Ps 24:4 will grow stronger.
10But come back and try again, all of you. # Some Hb mss, LXX, Vg; other Hb mss read them
I will not find a wise man among you.
11My days have slipped by;
my plans have been ruined,
even the things dear to my heart.
12They turned night into day
and made light seem near in the face of darkness. #Jb 11:17Ps 37:6Is 58:8
13If I await Sheol as my home,
spread out my bed in darkness,
14and say to corruption: You are my father,
and to the maggot: My mother or my sister, #Jb 3:15|NoBook| 30:23Ec 12:5
15where then is my hope? #Jb 7:6|NoBook| 14:19|NoBook| 19:10
Who can see any hope for me?
16Will it go down to the gates of Sheol, #Jb 7:9|NoBook| 11:8|NoBook| 14:13
or will we descend together to the dust?