Job 17
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1  My spirit is crushed, my days run out; The graveyard waits for me.

א  רוּחִי חֻבָּלָה יָמַי נִזְעָכוּ קְבָרִים לִי׃

2  Surely mocking men keep me company, And with their provocations I close my eyes.

ב  אִם־לֹא הֲתֻלִים עִמָּדִי וּבְהַמְּרוֹתָם תָּלַן עֵינִי׃

3  Come now, stand surety for me! Who will give his hand on my behalf?

ג  שִׂימָה־נָּא עָרְבֵנִי עִמָּךְ מִי הוּא לְיָדִי יִתָּקֵעַ׃

4  You have hidden understanding from their minds; Therefore You must not exalt [them].

ד  כִּי־לִבָּם צָפַנְתָּ מִּשָּׂכֶל עַל־כֵּן לֹא תְרֹמֵם׃

5  He informs on his friends for a share [of their property], And his children’s eyes pine away.

ה  לְחֵלֶק יַגִּיד רֵעִים וְעֵינֵי בָנָיו תִּכְלֶנָה׃

6  He made me a byword among people; I have become like Tophet of old.

ו  וְהִצִּגַנִי לִמְשֹׁל עַמִּים וְתֹפֶת לְפָנִים אֶהְיֶה׃

7  My eyes fail from vexation; All shapes seem to me like shadows.

ז  וַתֵּכַהּ מִכַּעַשׂ עֵינִי וִיצֻרַי כַּצֵּל כֻּלָּם׃

8  The upright are amazed at this; The pure are aroused against the impious.

ח  יָשֹׁמּוּ יְשָׁרִים עַל־זֹאת וְנָקִי עַל־חָנֵף יִתְעֹרָר׃

9  The righteous man holds to his way; He whose hands are clean grows stronger.

ט  וְיֹאחֵז צַדִּיק דַּרְכּוֹ וּטֳהָר־יָדַיִם יֹסִיף אֹמֶץ׃

10  But all of you, come back now; I shall not find a wise man among you.

י  וְאוּלָם כֻּלָּם תָּשֻׁבוּ וּבֹאוּ נָא וְלֹא־אֶמְצָא בָכֶם חָכָם׃

11  My days are done, my tendons severed, The strings of my heart.

ya-MAI a-v’-RU zi-mo-TAI ni-t’-KU mo-ra-SHAY l’-va-VEE

יא  יָמַי עָבְרוּ זִמֹּתַי נִתְּקוּ מוֹרָשֵׁי לְבָבִי׃

17:11   My tendons severed

Iyov begins to feel distanced from God, and to believe that he can no longer communicate meaningfully with Him. Iyov can no longer beg Hashem to give him succor and end his suffering, and therefore feels he is close to death. Similarly, the Sages (Berachot 32b) state that from the time of the destruction of the Beit Hamikdash, an iron wall separates mankind from their Father in Heaven. Rabbi Abraham Isaac Kook explains the symbolism of this image: Iron is symbolic of death and destruction, as it is a material used to make instruments of war and execution. Conversely, the goal of the Beit Hamikdash was to prolong life and to promote peace in the world. With the destruction of the Temple, its influence in the world was replaced by the influence of iron. Rabbi Kook concludes that only when justice and integrity will be restored will the iron wall come down, and then the Beit Hamikdash will resume its place as the center of prayer and inspiration for the entire world.Comment

12  They say that night is day, That light is here—in the face of darkness.

יב  לַיְלָה לְיוֹם יָשִׂימוּ אוֹר קָרוֹב מִפְּנֵי־חֹשֶׁךְ׃

13  If I must look forward to Sheol as my home, And make my bed in the dark place,

יג  אִם־אֲקַוֶּה שְׁאוֹל בֵּיתִי בַּחֹשֶׁךְ רִפַּדְתִּי יְצוּעָי׃

14  Say to the Pit, “You are my father,” To the maggots, “Mother,” “Sister”—

יד  לַשַּׁחַת קָרָאתִי אָבִי אָתָּה אִמִּי וַאֲחֹתִי לָרִמָּה׃

15  Where, then, is my hope? Who can see hope for me?

טו  וְאַיֵּה אֵפוֹ תִקְוָתִי וְתִקְוָתִי מִי יְשׁוּרֶנָּה׃

16  Will it descend to Sheol? Shall we go down together to the dust?

 

טז  בַּדֵּי שְׁאֹל תֵּרַדְנָה אִם־יַחַד עַל־עָפָר נָחַת׃

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