Job – Chapter 17

Going Down

By Rabbi Jack Abramowitz

Job continues his reply to Elifaz:

“My will to live has been crushed. I’d be ready to die, even without you three aggravating me with your accusations. Won’t G-d give me a trustworthy person to debate until the truth is revealed? You three have made up your minds and refuse to listen to sense. You just stick up for one another – there’s no honor in that. I have been made an example of suffering, my vision dimmed and my limbs frail. Righteous people will be appalled by the way I’ve been treated and they will confront hypocrites like you three. So, let’s get back to the topic, though apparently none of you is all that smart.”

“My good times have passed,” Job resumes, “and the good things I anticipated are never going to happen. You three trouble me so much that I can’t even sleep at night. I look forward to death like going home to my family’s embrace. What hope do I have? All that’s left for me is the grave.”

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