17 “My spirit is broken, My days are extinguished,
aThe grave is ready for me.
Who is he who cwill shake hands with me?
4 For You have hidden their heart from dunderstanding;
Therefore You will not exalt them.
Even the eyes of his children will efail.
6 “But He has made me fa byword of the people,
And I have become one in whose face men spit.
7 gMy eye has also grown dim because of sorrow,
And all my members are like shadows.
And the innocent stirs himself up against the hypocrite.
9 Yet the righteous will hold to his hway,
And he who has iclean hands will be stronger and stronger.
For I shall not find one wise man among you.
11 kMy days are past,
My purposes are broken off,
Even the 3thoughts of my heart.
‘The light is near,’ they say, in the face of darkness.
If I make my bed in the darkness,
And to the worm, ‘You are my mother and my sister,’
15 Where then is my lhope?
As for my hope, who can see it?
Shall we have nrest together in the dust?”
18 Then aBildad the Shuhite answered and said:
Gain understanding, and afterward we will speak.
3 Why are we counted bas beasts,
And regarded as stupid in your sight?
Shall the earth be forsaken for you?
Or shall the rock be removed from its place?
5 “The dlight of the wicked indeed goes out,
And the flame of his fire does not shine.
eAnd his lamp beside him is put out.
And fhis own counsel casts him down.
8 For ghe is cast into a net by his own feet,
And he walks into a snare.
And ha snare lays hold of him.
And a trap for him in the road.
11 iTerrors frighten him on every side,
And drive him to his feet.
And jdestruction is ready at his side.
The firstborn of death devours his 2limbs.
14 He is uprooted from kthe shelter of his tent,
And they parade him before the king of terrors.
Brimstone is scattered on his dwelling.
16 lHis roots are dried out below,
And his branch withers above.
17 mThe memory of him perishes from the earth,
And he has no name 3among the renowned.
18 4He is driven from light into darkness,
And chased out of the world.
19 nHe has neither son nor posterity among his people,
Nor any remaining in his dwellings.
As those 6in the east are frightened.
And this is the place of him who pdoes not know God.”
19 Then Job answered and said:
And break me in pieces with words?
3 These ten times you have 1reproached me;
You are not ashamed that you 2have wronged me.
My error remains with me.
5 If indeed you aexalt yourselves against me,
And plead my disgrace against me,
6 Know then that bGod has wronged me,
And has surrounded me with His net.
7 “If I cry out concerning 3wrong, I am not heard.
If I cry aloud, there is no justice.
And He has set darkness in my paths.
9 dHe has stripped me of my glory,
And taken the crown from my head.
And I am gone;
My ehope He has uprooted like a tree.
And fHe counts me as one of His enemies.
And build up their road against me;
They encamp all around my tent.
13 “He ghas removed my brothers far from me,
And my acquaintances are completely estranged from me.
And my close friends have forgotten me.
Count me as a stranger;
I am an alien in their sight.
I beg him with my mouth.
And I am 5repulsive to the children of my own body.
18 Even hyoung children despise me;
I arise, and they speak against me.
19 iAll my close friends abhor me,
And those whom I love have turned against me.
20 jMy bone clings to my skin and to my flesh,
And I have escaped by the skin of my teeth.
For the hand of God has struck me!
22 Why do you kpersecute me as God does,
And are not satisfied with my flesh?
Oh, that they were inscribed in a book!
With an iron pen and lead, forever!
And He shall stand at last on the earth;
26 And after my skin is 6destroyed, this I know,
That lin my flesh I shall see God,
And my eyes shall behold, and not another.
How my 7heart yearns within me!
Since the root of the matter is found in me,
For wrath brings the punishment of the sword,
That you may know there is a judgment.”
20 Then aZophar the Naamathite answered and said:
Because of the turmoil within me.
3 I have heard the rebuke 1that reproaches me,
And the spirit of my understanding causes me to answer.
4 “Do you not know this of bold,
Since man was placed on earth,
5 cThat the triumphing of the wicked is short,
And the joy of the hypocrite is but for a dmoment?
6 eThough his haughtiness mounts up to the heavens,
And his head reaches to the clouds,
Those who have seen him will say, ‘Where is he?’
8 He will fly away flike a dream, and not be found;
Yes, he gwill be chased away like a vision of the night.
Nor will his place behold him anymore.
And his hands will restore his wealth.
11 His bones are full of hhis youthful vigor,
iBut it will lie down with him in the dust.
And he hides it under his tongue,
But still keeps it in his 2mouth,
It becomes cobra venom within him.
And vomits them up again;
God casts them out of his belly.
The viper’s tongue will slay him.
17 He will not see jthe streams,
The rivers flowing with honey and cream.
And will not swallow it down;
From the proceeds of business
He will get no enjoyment.
19 For he has 3oppressed and forsaken the poor,
He has violently seized a house which he did not build.
He will not save anything he desires.
Therefore his well-being will not last.
Every hand of 5misery will come against him.
God will cast on him the fury of His wrath,
And will rain it on him while he is eating.
24 lHe will flee from the iron weapon;
A bronze bow will pierce him through.
nTerrors come upon him;
oAn unfanned fire will consume him;
It shall go ill with him who is left in his tent.
And the earth will rise up against him.
And his goods will flow away in the day of His pwrath.
29 qThis is the portion from God for a wicked man,
The heritage appointed to him by God.”
So with some Heb. mss., LXX, Syr., Vg.; MT, Tg. all of them
The abode of the dead
Lit. one who tears his soul
Lit. before the outside, i.e., the distinguished or famous
Or They drive him
Lit. who came after
Lit. who have gone before
shamed or disgraced
A Jewish tradition make yourselves strange to me
walled off my way
Lit. struck off
Lit. of my insulting correction
Or the wretched or sufferer