Job appealeth from men to God.
Job 17:1 My spirit shall be wasted, my days shall be shortened and only the grave remaineth for me. Job 17:2 I have not sinned, and my eye abideth in bitterness. Job 17:3 Deliver me, O Lord, and set me beside thee, and let any man's hand fight against me. Job 17:4 Thou hast set their heart far from understanding, therefore they shall not be exalted. Job 17:5 He promiseth a prey to his companions, and 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 He hath made me as it were a byword of the people, and I am an example before them. Job 17:7 My eye is dim through indignation, and my limbs are brought as it were to nothing. Job 17:8 The just shall be astonished at this, and the innocent shall be raised up against the hypocrite. Job 17:9 And the just man shall hold on his way, and he that hath clean hands shall be stronger and stronger. Job 17:10 Wherefore be you all converted, and come, and I shall not find among you any wise man.
His hope is not in life, but in death.
Job 17:11 My days have passed away, my thoughts are dissipated, tormenting my heart. Job 17:12 They have turned night into day, and after darkness I hope for light again. Job 17:13 If I wait hell is my house, and I have made my bed in darkness. Job 17:14 I have said to rottenness: Thou art my father; to worms, my mother and my sister. Job 17:15 Where is now then my expectation, and who considereth my patience? Job 17:16 All that I have shall go down into the deepest pit: thinkest thou that there at least I shall have rest?