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   The Book of Job.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
 
XVII
 
 
[1]  MY spirit is consumed, my days are extinct,
The grave is ready for me.
[2]  Surely there are mockers 1 with me,
And mine eye dwelleth upon their provocation.
 
[3]  Give now a pledge, be surety for me with thyself;
Who is there that will strike hands with me?
[4]  For thou hast hid their heart from understanding:
Therefore shalt thou not exalt them.
[5]  He that denounceth his friends for a prey, 2
Even the eyes of his children shall fail.
 
[6]    But he hath made me a by-word of the people;
And they spit in my face.
[7]  Mine eye also is dim by reason of sorrow,
And all my members are as a shadow.
[8]  Upright men shall be astonished at this,
And the innocent shall stir up himself against the godless.
[9]  Yet shall the righteous hold on his way,
And he that hath clean hands shall wax stronger and stronger.
[10]  But as for you all, come on now again;
And 3 I shall not find a wise man among you.
[11]  My days are past, my purposes are broken off,
Even the thoughts 4 of my heart.
[12]  They change the night into day:
The light, say they, is near unto 5 the darkness.
[13]  If I look 6 for Sheol as my house;
If I have spread my couch in the darkness;
[14]  If I have said to corruption, 7 Thou art my father;
To the worm, Thou art my mother, and my sister;
[15]  Where then is my hope?
And as for my hope, who shall see it?
[16]  It shall go down to the bars of Sheol,
When once there is rest in the dust.
 
Note 1. Heb. mockery. [back]
Note 2. Heb. portion. [back]
Note 3. Or, For I find not. [back]
Note 4. Heb. possessions. [back]
Note 5. Or, because of. [back]
Note 6. Or, hope, Sheol is my house; I have spread … I have said … And where now is my hope? [back]
Note 7. Or, the pit. [back]
 

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