Job appealeth from men to God.
Job 17:1 My spirit is consumed, my days are extinct, The grave is [ready] for me. Job 17:2 Surely there are mockers with me, And mine eye dwelleth upon their provocation. Job 17:3 Give now a pledge, be surety for me with thyself; Who is there that will strike hands with me? Job 17:4 For thou hast hid their heart from understanding: Therefore shalt thou not exalt [them]. Job 17:5 He that denounceth his friends for a prey, Even the eyes of his children shall fail.
The unmerciful dealing of men with the afflicted may astonish, but not discourage the righteous.
Job 17:6 But he hath made me a byword of the people; And they spit in my face. Job 17:7 Mine eye also is dim by reason of sorrow, And all my members are as a shadow. Job 17:8 Upright men shall be astonished at this, And the innocent shall stir up himself against the godless. Job 17:9 Yet shall the righteous hold on his way, And he that hath clean hands shall wax stronger and stronger. Job 17:10 But as for you all, come on now again; And I shall not find a wise man among you.
His hope is not in life, but in death.
Job 17:11 My days are past, my purposes are broken off, Even the thoughts of my heart. Job 17:12 They change the night into day: The light, [say they], is near unto the darkness. Job 17:13 If I look for Sheol as my house; If I have spread my couch in the darkness; Job 17:14 If I have said to corruption, Thou art my father; To the worm, [Thou art] my mother, and my sister; Job 17:15 Where then is my hope? And as for my hope, who shall see it? Job 17:16 It shall go down to the bars of Sheol, When once there is rest in the dust.