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Job 17:1-16

17  My spirit is blighted, my days are snuffed out, graves are mine. 2**  Decidedly I have triflers about me and my eyes grow tired resting on their ungovernableness. 3  Give yourself bail for me; who would there be to strike into my hand? 4  For you have kept their hearts closeted from sense; therefore you will not set them on high. 5*  He notifies friends for a share, and his sons’ eyes are worn out with looking and longing. 6**  But you have set me up for a byword of peoples, and I am a phenomenon before them, 7*  And my eyes are dim with vexation and my figure dissolves like a shadow. 8*  Upright men will stand aghast at this, and an innocent man be stirred up against an ungodly; 9  But a right-doer will hold his course and a cleanhanded man grow increasingly resolute. 10  But you may all come again and I shall not find a wise man among you. 11*  My days have gone past; I am annihilated; my heartstrings are snapped. 12*  They make night into day, ‘light is near, coming away from darkness.’ 13  If I hope, the realm of death is my house; I have made up my couch in the darkness; 14  I have called decay my father, the maggot my mother and sister,— 15  And where is hope of mine? and who is to behold good fortune of mine? 16*  Will they go down with me to the realm of death? or shall we go underground together?”


17:2 (triflers) Susp.
17:2 Codd. my eyes spend the night on
17:5 Or One notifies
17:6 Var. he sets me up
17:6 Var. had set me up to rule peoples, and I am a spit-before,
17:7 Codd.* is all like a shadow
17:8-10 Conj. that these verses belong elsewhere in this chapter or in chapter 18
17:11 Codd. gone past; my designs are snapped, the possessions of my heart
17:12 Unc.; susp.
17:16 Conj. go down in my hand to