Job appealeth from men to God.
Job 17:1 Mi spirit schal be maad feble; my daies schulen be maad schort, and oneli the sepulcre is left to me. Job 17:2 Y have not synned, and myn iye dwellith in bittirnessis. Job 17:3 Lord, delyuere thou me, and sette thou me bisidis thee; and the hond of ech fiyte ayens me. Job 17:4 Thou hast maad the herte of hem fer fro doctryn, ethir knowyng of treuthe; therfor thei schulen not be enhaunsid. Job 17:5 He bihetith prey to felowis, and the iyen of hise sones schulen faile.
The unmerciful dealing of men with the afflicted may astonish, but not discourage the righteous.
Job 17:6 He hath set as in to a prouerbe of the comyn puple, and his saumple bifor hem. Job 17:7 Myn iye dasewide at indignacioun; and my membris ben dryuun as in to nouyt. Job 17:8 Iust men schulen wondre on this thing; and an innocent schal be reisid ayens an ypocrite. Job 17:9 And a iust man schal holde his weie, and he schal adde strengthe to clene hondis. Job 17:10 Therfor alle ye be conuertid, and come ye; and Y schal not fynde in you ony wiys man.
His hope is not in life, but in death.
Job 17:11 My daies ben passid; my thouytis ben scaterid, turmentynge myn herte. Job 17:12 Tho han turned the nyyt in to day; and eft aftir derknessis hope liyt. Job 17:13 If Y susteyne, ether suffre pacientli, helle is myn hous; and Y haue arayede my bed in derknessis. Job 17:14 Y seide to rot, Thou art my fadur; and to wormes, Ye ben my modir and my sister. Job 17:15 Therfor where is now myn abidyng? and who biholdith my pacience? Job 17:16 Alle my thingis schulen go doun in to deppeste helle; gessist thou, whether reste schal be to me, nameli there.