Job appealeth from men to God.
Job 17:1 My spirit, is broken, My days, are extinguished, Graves, are left me. Job 17:2 Verily there are mockers, with me! And, on their insults, mine eye doth rest. Job 17:3 Appoint it, I pray theebe thou surety for me with thyself, Who is there that, on my side, can pledge himself? Job 17:4 For, their heart, hast thou kept back from understanding, On this account, thou wilt not exalt them. Job 17:5 He that, for a share, denounceth friends, even, the eyes of his children, shall be dim.
The unmerciful dealing of men with the afflicted may astonish, but not discourage the righteous.
Job 17:6 But he hath set me, as the byword of peoples, And, one to be spit on in the face, do I become. Job 17:7 Therefore hath mine eye become dim from vexation, and, my members, are like a shadow, all of them. Job 17:8 Upright men shall be astounded over this, and, the innocent, against the impious, shall rouse themselves. Job 17:9 That the righteous may hold on his way, and, the clean of hands, increase in strength. Job 17:10 But indeed, as for them all, will ye bethink yourselves and enter into it, I pray you? Or shall I not find, among you, one who is wise?
His hope is not in life, but in death.
Job 17:11 My days, are past, my purposes, are broken off, the possessions of my heart! Job 17:12 Night for day, they appoint, Light, is near, by reason of darkness! Job 17:13 If I wait for hades as my house, in darkness, have spread out my couch; Job 17:14 To corruption, have exclaimed, My father, thou! My mother! and My sister! to the worm. Job 17:15 Where then would be my hope? And, as for my blessedness, who should see it! Job 17:16 With me to hades, would they go down, If, whollyinto the dust, is the descent!