1 My breath is corrupt: my dayes are cut off, & the graue is readie for me.
2 [Are there] notInstead of comfort, being now at death's door, he had but them that mocked at him, and discouraged him.mockers with me? and doth not mine eye continue inI see still that they seek but to vex me.their provocation?
3 He reasons with God as a man beside himself, so that his cause might be brought to light.Lay down now, put me in a surety with thee; who [is] he [that]And answers for you?will strike hands with me?
4 For thou hast hid their heart fromThat these my afflictions are your just judgments, though man does not know the reason.understanding: therefore shalt thou not exalt [them].
5 He who flatters a man, and only judges him happy in his prosperity, will not himself only but in his posterity be punished.He that speaketh flattery to [his] friends, even the eyes of his children shall fail.
6 He hath made me also aGod has made all the world speak of me, because of my afflictions.byword of the people; and aforetime I was as a tabret.
7 Mine eye therefore is dimme for griefe, and all my strength is like a shadowe.
8 Upright [men] shall be astonied atThat is, when they see the godly punished: but in the end they will come to understanding and know what will be the reward of the hypocrite.this, and the innocent shall stir up himself against the hypocrite.
9 The righteous also shall hold on hisThat is, will not be discouraged, considering that the godly are punished as well as the wicked.way, and he that hath clean hands shall be stronger and stronger.
10 But as forJob speaks to the three who came to comfort him.you all, do ye return, and come now: for I cannot find [one] wise [man] among you.
11 My dayes are past, mine enterprises are broken, and the thoughts of mine heart
12 They change theThat is, have brought me sorrow instead of comfort.night into day: the light [is] short because of darkness.
13 If I wait,Though I should hope to come from adversity to prosperity, as your discourse pretends.the grave [is] mine house: I have made my bed in the darkness.
14 I have said to corruption, Thou [art] myI have no more hope in father, mother, sister, or any worldly thing: for the dust and worms will be to me instead of them.father: to the worm, [Thou art] my mother, and my sister.
15 Where is then now mine hope? or who shal consider the thing, that I hoped for?
16 All worldly hope and prosperity fail which you say, are only signs of God's favour but seeing that these things perish, I set my hope in God and in the life everlasting.They shall go down to the bars of the pit, when [our] rest together [is] in the dust.