Job 7
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1"Do not mortals have hard service on earth? Are not their days like those of hired laborers?1“Has not man a hard service on earth, and are not his days like the days of a hired hand?
2Like a slave longing for the evening shadows, or a hired laborer waiting to be paid,2Like a slave who longs for the shadow, and like a hired hand who looks for his wages,
3so I have been allotted months of futility, and nights of misery have been assigned to me.3so I am allotted months of emptiness, and nights of misery are apportioned to me.
4When I lie down I think, 'How long before I get up?' The night drags on, and I toss and turn until dawn.4When I lie down I say, ‘When shall I arise?’ But the night is long, and I am full of tossing till the dawn.
5My body is clothed with worms and scabs, my skin is broken and festering.5My flesh is clothed with worms and dirt; my skin hardens, then breaks out afresh.
6"My days are swifter than a weaver's shuttle, and they come to an end without hope.6My days are swifter than a weaver’s shuttle and come to their end without hope.
7Remember, O God, that my life is but a breath; my eyes will never see happiness again.7“Remember that my life is a breath; my eye will never again see good.
8The eye that now sees me will see me no longer; you will look for me, but I will be no more.8The eye of him who sees me will behold me no more; while your eyes are on me, I shall be gone.
9As a cloud vanishes and is gone, so one who goes down to the grave does not return.9As the cloud fades and vanishes, so he who goes down to Sheol does not come up;
10He will never come to his house again; his place will know him no more.10he returns no more to his house, nor does his place know him anymore.
11"Therefore I will not keep silent; I will speak out in the anguish of my spirit, I will complain in the bitterness of my soul.11“Therefore 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 sea, or the monster of the deep, that you put me under guard?12Am I the sea, or a sea monster, that you set a guard over me?
13When I think my bed will comfort me and my couch will ease my complaint,13When I say, ‘My bed will comfort me, my couch will ease my complaint,’
14even then you frighten me with dreams and terrify me with visions,14then you scare me with dreams and terrify me with visions,
15so that I prefer strangling and death, rather than this body of mine.15so that I would choose strangling and death rather than my bones.
16I despise my life; I would not live forever. Let me alone; my days have no meaning.16I loathe my life; I would not live forever. Leave me alone, for my days are a breath.
17"What is mankind that you make so much of them, that you give them so much attention,17What is man, that you make so much of him, and that you set your heart on him,
18that you examine them every morning and test them every moment?18visit him every morning and test him every moment?
19Will you never look away from me, or let me alone even for an instant?19How long will you not look away from me, nor leave me alone till I swallow my spit?
20If I have sinned, what have I done to you, you who see everything we do? Why have you made me your target? Have I become a burden to you?20If I sin, what do I do to you, you watcher of mankind? Why have you made me your mark? Why have I become a burden to you?
21Why do you not pardon my offenses and forgive my sins? For I will soon lie down in the dust; you will search for me, but I will be no more."21Why do you not pardon my transgression and take away my iniquity? For now I shall lie in the earth; you will seek me, but I shall not be.”
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