Job 7
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1Is there not a time of hard service for man on earth? Are not his days also like the days of a hired man?1Is there not an appointed time to man upon earth? are not his days also like the days of an hireling?
2Like a servant who earnestly desires the shade, And like a hired man who eagerly looks for his wages,2As a servant earnestly desireth the shadow, and as an hireling looketh for the reward of his work:
3So I have been allotted months of futility, And wearisome nights have been appointed to me.3So am I made to possess months of vanity, and wearisome nights are appointed to me.
4When I lie down, I say, ‘When shall I arise, And the night be ended?’ For I have had my fill of tossing till dawn.4When I lie down, I say, When shall I arise, and the night be gone? and I am full of tossings to and fro unto the dawning of the day.
5My flesh is caked with worms and dust, My skin is cracked and breaks out afresh.5My flesh is clothed with worms and clods of dust; my skin is broken, and become loathsome.
6“My days are swifter than a weaver’s shuttle, And are spent without hope.6My days are swifter than a weaver's shuttle, and are spent without hope.
7Oh, remember that my life is a breath! My eye will never again see good.7O remember that my life is wind: mine eye shall no more see good.
8The eye of him who sees me will see me no more; While your eyes are upon me, I shall no longer be.8The eye of him that hath seen me shall see me no more: thine eyes are upon me, and I am not.
9As the cloud disappears and vanishes away, So he who goes down to the grave does not come up.9As the cloud is consumed and vanisheth away: so he that goeth down to the grave shall come up no more.
10He shall never return to his house, Nor shall his place know him anymore.10He shall return no more to his house, neither shall his place know him any more.
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.11Therefore I will not refrain my mouth; I will speak in the anguish of my spirit; I will complain in the bitterness of my soul.
12Am I a sea, or a sea serpent, That You set a guard over me?12Am I a sea, or a whale, that thou settest a watch over me?
13When I say, ‘My bed will comfort me, My couch will ease my complaint,’13When I say, My bed shall comfort me, my couch shall ease my complaint;
14Then You scare me with dreams And terrify me with visions,14Then thou scarest me with dreams, and terrifiest me through visions:
15So that my soul chooses strangling And death rather than my body.15So that my soul chooseth strangling, and death rather than my life.
16I loathe my life; I would not live forever. Let me alone, For my days are but a breath.16I loathe it; I would not live alway: let me alone; for my days are vanity.
17“What is man, that You should exalt him, That You should set Your heart on him,17What is man, that thou shouldest magnify him? and that thou shouldest set thine heart upon him?
18That You should visit him every morning, And test him every moment?18And that thou shouldest visit him every morning, and try him every moment?
19How long? Will You not look away from me, And let me alone till I swallow my saliva?19How long wilt thou not depart from me, nor let me alone till I swallow down my spittle?
20Have I sinned? What have I done to You, O watcher of men? Why have You set me as Your target, So that I am a burden to myself?20I have sinned; what shall I do unto thee, O thou preserver of men? why hast thou set me as a mark against thee, so that I am a burden to myself?
21Why then do You not pardon my transgression, And take away my iniquity? For now I will lie down in the dust, And You will seek me diligently, But I will no longer be.21And why dost thou not pardon my transgression, and take away mine iniquity? for now shall I sleep in the dust; and thou shalt seek me in the morning, but I shall not be.
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