Job 17:2
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English Standard Version
Surely there are mockers about me, and my eye dwells on their provocation.

King James Bible
Are there not mockers with me? and doth not mine eye continue in their provocation?

American Standard Version
Surely there are mockers with me, And mine eye dwelleth upon their provocation.

Douay-Rheims Bible
I have not sinned, and my eye abideth in bitterness.

English Revised Version
Surely there are mockers with me, and mine eye abideth in their provocation.

Webster's Bible Translation
Are there not mockers with me? and doth not my eye continue in their provocation?

Job 17:2 Parallel
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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

18 Oh earth, cover thou not my blood,

And let my cry find no resting-place!! -

19 Even now behold in heaven is my Witness,

And One who acknowledgeth me is in the heights!

20 Though the mockers of me are my friends -

To Eloah mine eyes pour forth tears,

21 That He may decide for man against Eloah,

And for the son of man against his friend.

22 For the years that may be numbered are coming on,

And I shall go a way without return.

Blood that is not covered up cries for vengeance, Ezekiel 24:7.; so also blood still unavenged is laid bare that it may find vengeance, Isaiah 26:21. According to this idea, in the lofty consciousness of his innocence, Job calls upon the earth not to suck in his blood as of one innocently slain, but to let it lie bare, thereby showing that it must be first of all avenged ere the earth can take it up;

(Note: As, according to the tradition, it is said to have been impossible to remove the stain of the blood of Zachariah the son of Jehoiada, who was murdered in the court of the temple, until it was removed by the destruction of the temple itself.)

and for his cry, i.e., the cry (זעקתי to be explained according to Genesis 4:10) proceeding from his blood as from his poured-out soul, he desires that it may urge its way unhindered and unstilled towards heaven without finding a place of rest (Symm. στάσις). Therefore, in the very God who appears to him to be a blood-thirsty enemy in pursuit of him, Job nevertheless hopes to find a witness of his innocence: He will acknowledge his blood, like that of Abel, to be the blood of an innocent man. It is an inward irresistible demand made by his faith which here brings together two opposite principles - principles which the understanding cannot unite - with bewildering boldness. Job believes that God will even finally avenge the blood which His wrath has shed, as blood that has been innocently shed. This faith, which sends forth beyond death itself the word of absolute command contained in Job 16:18, in Job 16:19 brightens and becomes a certain confidence, which draws from the future into the present that acknowledgment which God afterwards makes of him as innocent. The thought of what is unmerited in that decree of wrath which delivers him over to death, is here forced into the background, and in the front stands only the thought of the exaltation of the God in heaven above human short-sightedness, and the thought that no one else but He is the final refuge of the oppressed: even now (i.e., this side of death)

(Note: Comp. 1 Kings 14:14, where it is probably to be explained: Jehovah shall raise up for himself a king over Israel who shall cut off the house of Jeroboam that day, but what? even now (גם עתה), i.e., He hath raised him up ( equals but no, even now).)

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Job 17:2 Parallel Commentaries

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mockers

Job 12:4 I am as one mocked of his neighbor, who calls on God, and he answers him: the just upright man is laughed to scorn.

Job 13:9 Is it good that he should search you out? or as one man mocks another, do you so mock him?

Job 16:20 My friends scorn me: but my eye pours out tears to God.

Job 21:3 Suffer me that I may speak; and after that I have spoken, mock on.

Psalm 35:14-16 I behaved myself as though he had been my friend or brother: I bowed down heavily, as one that mourns for his mother...

Matthew 27:39-44 And they that passed by reviled him, wagging their heads...

continue. Heb. lodge

Psalm 25:13 His soul shall dwell at ease; and his seed shall inherit the earth.

Psalm 91:1 He that dwells in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.

*marg:

provocation

1 Samuel 1:6,7 And her adversary also provoked her sore, for to make her fret, because the LORD had shut up her womb...

Cross References
Job 11:3
Should your babble silence men, and when you mock, shall no one shame you?

Job 12:4
I am a laughingstock to my friends; I, who called to God and he answered me, a just and blameless man, am a laughingstock.

Job 17:6
"He has made me a byword of the peoples, and I am one before whom men spit.

Job 21:3
Bear with me, and I will speak, and after I have spoken, mock on.

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