Job appealeth from men to God.
Job 17:1 My breath is corrupt, my days are extinct, the graves [are ready] for me. Job 17:2 [Are there] not mockers with me? and doth not my eye continue in their provocation? Job 17:3 Lay down now, put me in a surety with thee; who [is] he [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 speaketh flattery to [his] friends, 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 He hath made me also a by-word of the people; and in former time I was as a tabret. Job 17:7 My eye also is dim by reason of sorrow, and all my members [are] as a shade. Job 17:8 Upright [men] shall be astonished at this, and the innocent shall stir up himself against the hypocrite. Job 17:9 The righteous also shall hold on his way, and he that hath clean hands shall be stronger and stronger. Job 17:10 But as for you all, do ye return, 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 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 [is] short because of darkness. Job 17:13 If I wait, the grave [is] my house: I have made my bed in the darkness. Job 17:14 I have said to corruption, Thou [art] my father: to the worm, [Thou art] my mother, and my sister. Job 17:15 And where [is] now my hope? as for my hope, who will see it? Job 17:16 They shall go down to the bars of the pit, when [our] rest together [is] in the dust.