“Lay down a pledge for me with yourself.
Who is there that will give surety for me?
Since you have closed their minds to understanding,
Therefore, you will not let them triumph.
Those who denounce friends for a reward,
May the eyes of their children fail!
Job wanted assurances from God, a pledge. Who was going to bail him out or give him surety out of this situation? Since God had closed the minds of those around him, he did not want them to triumph. Anyone who denounced friends for a reward should have blind children. This was some kind of ancient proverb. Job, despite his despair, was not going to take this lying down.