Job considers death (Job 17:11-17:16)

“My days are past.

My plans are broken off.

The desires of my heart are gone.

They make night into day.

They say.

‘The light is near to the darkness.’

If I look for Sheol as my house,

If I spread my couch in darkness,

If I say to the pit,

‘You are my father,’

If I say to the worm,

‘You are my mother,

You are my sister,’

Where then is my hope?

Who will see my hope?

Will it go down to the bars of Sheol?

Shall we descend together into the dust?”

Once again, Job ended his reply with a morose tone as he considered his death once again. The days were gone. The plans were broken. The desires of the heart were gone. There was a confusion of night and day, light and darkness. His home would be Sheol, the underworld of the dead. The ground and worms will become his father, mother, and sister. There was no hope. All of us should just go together into the depths of Sheol as the dust on the ground. This is a man in despair not hope.

Job wants to plead his case before God (Job 13:13-13:16)

“Let me have silence!

I will speak.

Let come on me what may happen!

I will take my flesh in my teeth.

I will put my life in my hand.

See!

He will kill me.

I have no hope.

Yet I will defend my ways to his face.

This will be my salvation.

A godless man shall not come before him.”

Job wanted silence. He wanted to speak, regardless of the outcome. He was willing to put his life on the line even suffer death. He realized that he had no hope. Yet he felt that he had to defend his life and ways to the face of God. That was his only salvation. He was not a godless man coming before God, just the opposite.