Job 7
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1“Is not all human life a struggle? Our lives are like that of a hired hand,1“Has not man a hard service on earth, and are not his days like the days of a hired hand?
2like a worker who longs for the shade, like a servant waiting to be paid.2Like a slave who longs for the shadow, and like a hired hand who looks for his wages,
3I, too, have been assigned months of futility, long and weary nights of misery.3so I am allotted months of emptiness, and nights of misery are apportioned to me.
4Lying in bed, I think, ‘When will it be morning?’ But the night drags on, and I toss till 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 covered with maggots and scabs. My skin breaks open, oozing with pus. Job Cries Out to God5My flesh is clothed with worms and dirt; my skin hardens, then breaks out afresh.
6“My days fly faster than a weaver’s shuttle. They end without hope.6My days are swifter than a weaver’s shuttle and come to their end without hope.
7O God, remember that my life is but a breath, and I will never again feel happiness.7“Remember that my life is a breath; my eye will never again see good.
8You see me now, but not for long. You will look for me, but I will be gone.8The eye of him who sees me will behold me no more; while your eyes are on me, I shall be gone.
9Just as a cloud dissipates and vanishes, those who die will not come back.9As the cloud fades and vanishes, so he who goes down to Sheol does not come up;
10They are gone forever from their home— never to be seen again.10he returns no more to his house, nor does his place know him anymore.
11“I cannot keep from speaking. I must express my anguish. My bitter soul must complain.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 a sea monster or a dragon that you must place me under guard?12Am I the sea, or a sea monster, that you set a guard over me?
13I think, ‘My bed will comfort me, and sleep will ease my misery,’13When I say, ‘My bed will comfort me, my couch will ease my complaint,’
14but then you shatter me with dreams and terrify me with visions.14then you scare me with dreams and terrify me with visions,
15I would rather be strangled— rather die than suffer like this.15so that I would choose strangling and death rather than my bones.
16I hate my life and don’t want to go on living. Oh, leave me alone for my few remaining days.16I loathe my life; I would not live forever. Leave me alone, for my days are a breath.
17“What are people, that you should make so much of us, that you should think of us so often?17What is man, that you make so much of him, and that you set your heart on him,
18For you examine us every morning and test us every moment.18visit him every morning and test him every moment?
19Why won’t you leave me alone, at least long enough for me to swallow!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, O watcher of all humanity? Why make me your target? Am I 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 not just forgive my sin and take away my guilt? For soon I will lie down in the dust and die. When you look for me, I will be gone.”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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