Job 7
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1Isn’t mankind consigned to forced labora on earth?

Are not his days like those of a hired hand?

2Like a slave he longs for shade;

like a hired man he waits for his pay.

3So I have been made to inherit months of futility,

and troubled nights have been assigned to me. b

4When I lie down I think:

When will I get up?

But the evening drags on endlessly,

and I toss and turn until dawn.

5My flesh is clothed with maggots and encrusted with dirt. c

My skin forms scabsd and then oozes. e

6My days pass more swiftly than a weaver’s shuttle;

they come to an end without hope. f

7Remember that my life is but a breath.

My eye will never again see anything good. g

8The eye of anyone who looks on me

will no longer see me.

Your eyes will look for me, but I will be gone. h

9As a cloud fades away and vanishes,

so the one who goes down to Sheoli will never rise again.

10He will never return to his house;

his hometown will no longer rememberj him. k

11Therefore I will not restrain my mouth.

I will speak in the anguish of my spirit;

I will complain in the bitterness of my soul.

12Am I the seal  m or a sea monster, n

that You keep me under guard?

13When I say: My bed will comfort me,

and my couch will ease my complaint,

14then You frighten me with dreams,

and terrify me with visions, o

15so that I prefer stranglingp —

death rather than life in this body. q  r

16I give up! I will not live forever.

Leave me alone, s for my days are a breath. t

17What is man, that You think so highly of him

and pay so much attention to him? u

18You inspect him every morning,

and put him to the test every moment. v

19Will You ever look away from me,

or leave me alone long enough to swallow? w

20If I have sinned, what have I done to You,

Watcher of mankind?

Why have You made me Your target, x

so that I have become a burden to You? y

21Why not forgive my sin

and pardon my transgression? z

For soon I will lie down in the grave. aa

You will eagerly seek me, but I will be gone. ab

a. 7:1 Jb 14:14; Is 40:2
b. 7:3 Jb 30:17; Ps 6:6; 42:3
c. 7:5 Or and dirty scabs
d. 7:5 Lit skin hardens
e. 7:5 Dt 28:35; Ps 38:5; Is 1:6
f. 7:6 Jb 14:19; 17:15; 19:10
g. 7:7 Jb 9:25; Ps 78:39; Jms 4:14
h. 7:8 Jb 7:21; 20:9; Ps 37:36
i. 7:9 Jb 11:8; 14:13; 17:13,16
j. 7:10 Lit know
k. 7:10 Jb 8:18; 20:9; Ps 103:16
l. 7:12 Or the sea god
m. 7:12 Jb 26:12; Ps 74:13
n. 7:12 Ps 148:7; Is 27:1; Ezk 32:2
o. 7:14 Jb 4:13; 20:8; 33:15
p. 7:15 Or suffocation
q. 7:15 Lit than my bones
r. 7:15 1Kg 19:4; Jb 3:21; Jnh 4:3
s. 7:16 Jb 7:19; 10:20; Ps 39:13
t. 7:16 Or are futile
u. 7:17 Ps 8:4; 144:3; Heb 2:6
v. 7:18 Ps 17:3; 73:14; 139:23
w. 7:19 Lit swallow my saliva?
x. 7:20 Jb 16:12; Lm 3:12
y. 7:20 Ancient Jewish tradition, LXX; MT, Vg read myself
z. 7:21 Jb 11:6; 13:23; 15:5
aa. 7:21 Jb 17:16; 20:11; Is 26:19
ab. 7:21 Jb 3:13; 7:8; Ps 37:36
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