Job 17:3
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English Standard Version
“Lay down a pledge for me with you; who is there who will put up security for me?

King James Bible
Lay down now, put me in a surety with thee; who is he that will strike hands with me?

American Standard Version
Give now a pledge, be surety for me with thyself; Who is there that will strike hands with me?

Douay-Rheims Bible
Deliver me O Lord, and set me beside thee, and let any man's hand fight against me.

English Revised Version
Give now a pledge, be surety for me with thyself; who is there that will strike hands with me?

Webster's Bible Translation
Lay down now, put me in a surety with thee; who is he that will strike hands with me?

Job 17:3 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 17:3 Parallel Commentaries

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put me

Job 9:33 Neither is there any judge between us, that might lay his hand on us both.

Genesis 43:9 I will be surety for him; of my hand shall you require him: if I bring him not to you, and set him before you...

Genesis 44:32 For your servant became surety for the lad to my father, saying, If I bring him not to you...

Proverbs 11:15 He that is surety for a stranger shall smart for it: and he that hates indebtedness is sure.

Proverbs 20:16 Take his garment that is surety for a stranger: and take a pledge of him for a strange woman.

Hebrews 7:22 By so much was Jesus made a surety of a better testament.

strike

Proverbs 6:11 So shall your poverty come as one that travels, and your want as an armed man.

Proverbs 11:15 He that is surety for a stranger shall smart for it: and he that hates indebtedness is sure.

*marg:

Proverbs 17:18 A man void of understanding strikes hands, and becomes surety in the presence of his friend.

Proverbs 22:26 Be not you one of them that strike hands, or of them that are sureties for debts.

Cross References
Psalm 119:122
Give your servant a pledge of good; let not the insolent oppress me.

Isaiah 38:14
Like a swallow or a crane I chirp; I moan like a dove. My eyes are weary with looking upward. O Lord, I am oppressed; be my pledge of safety!

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