Job appealeth from men to God.
Job 17:1 My breath is corrupt, my dayes are extinct, the graues [are ready] for me. Job 17:2 [Are there] not mockers with mee? and doeth not mine eye continue in their prouocation? Job 17:3 Lay downe now, put me in a suretie with thee; who [is] he [that] will strike hands with me? Job 17:4 For thou hast hid their heart from vnderstanding: therefore shalt thou not exalt [them]. Job 17:5 Hee that speaketh flattery to [his] friends, euen the eyes of his children shall faile.
The unmerciful dealing of men with the afflicted may astonish, but not discourage the righteous.
Job 17:6 He hath made me also a by-word of the people, and afore time I was as a tabret. Job 17:7 Mine eye also is dimme by reason of sorrow, and all my members [are] as a shadow. Job 17:8 Upright men shall be astonied at this, and the innocent shall stirre vp himselfe against the hypocrite. Job 17:9 The righteous also shall hold on his way, and he that hath cleane hands shalbe stronger, and stronger. Job 17:10 But as for you all, doe you returne, and come now, for I cannot find one wise man among you.
His hope is not in life, but in death.
Job 17:11 My dayes are past, my purposes are broken off, euen the thoughts of my heart: Job 17:12 They change the night into day: the light is short, because of darknes. Job 17:13 If I waite, the graue [is] mine house: I haue made my bedde in the darknesse. Job 17:14 I haue said to corruption, Thou [art] my father: to the worme, [Thou art] my mother, and my sister. Job 17:15 And where [is] now my hope? as for my hope, who shall see it? Job 17:16 They shall goe downe to the barres of the pit, when [our] rest together is in the dust.