In chapter 17, Job is, of course, still at his lowest, and in so many words – a shadow of his former self. His pain and immense grief having long given way to despair, he tells his friends to speak to him again (verse 10). But he is certain that they will not offer anything better than they have already (“come on again, all of you, and I shall not find a wise man among you”).
But contrary to how it may seem, Job is not saying that he has given up hope. Surely, he says, his days are past and his plans are broken off (verse 11). But he pleads with God to “put up security” for him (verse 3). Certain that he has closed the hearts of his friends to true understanding, he asks God not to allow their assessment of him to be vindicated in his death.
For then, he says in verse 15, “Who will see my hope?” Job still has held on to one thing even at this point – his trust in the Lord, that He is just.
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