Job 7:2
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English Standard Version
Like a slave who longs for the shadow, and like a hired hand who looks for his wages,

King James Bible
As a servant earnestly desireth the shadow, and as an hireling looketh for the reward of his work:

American Standard Version
As a servant that earnestly desireth the shadow, And as a hireling that looketh for his wages:

Douay-Rheims Bible
As a servant longeth for the shade, as the hireling looketh for the end of his work;

English Revised Version
As a servant that earnestly desireth the shadow, and as an hireling that looketh for his wages:

Webster's Bible Translation
As a servant earnestly desireth the shadow, and as a hireling looketh for the reward of his work;

Job 7:2 Parallel
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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

24 Teach me, and I will be silent,

And cause me to understand wherein I have failed.

25 How forcible are words in accordance with truth!

But what doth reproof from you reprove?

26 Do you think to reprove words?

The words of one in despair belong to the wind.

27 Ye would even cast lots for the orphan,

And traffic about your friend.

נמרצוּ, Job 6:25, in the signification of נמלצוּ (Psalm 119:103), would suit very well: how smooth, delicate, sweet, are, etc. (Hirz., Ew., Schlottm.); but this meaning does not suit Job 16:3. Hupfeld, by comparison with mar, bitter, translates: quantumvis acerba; but מה may signify quidquid, though not quantumvis. Hahn compares the Arabic verb to be sick, and translates: in what respect are right words bad; but physical disease and ethical badness are not such nearly related ideas. Ebrard: honest words are not taken amiss; but with an inadmissible application of Job 16:3. Von Gerl. is best: how strong or forcible are, etc. מרץ is taken as related to פּרץ, in the signification to penetrate; Hiph. to goad; Niph. to be furnished with the property of penetrating, - used here of penetrating speech; 1 Kings 2:8, of a curse inevitably carried out; Micah 2:10, of unsparing destruction. Words which keep the straight way to truth, go to the heart; on the contrary, what avails the reproving from you, i.e., which proceeds from you? הוכח, inf. absol. as Proverbs 25:27, and in but a few other passages as subject; מכּם, as Job 5:15, the sword going forth out of their mouth. In Job 6:26 the waw introduces a subordinate adverbial clause: while, however, the words of one in despair belong to the wind, that they may be carried away by it, not to the judgment which retains and analyzes them, without considering the mood of which they are the hasty expression. The futt. express the extent to which their want of feeling would go, if the circumstances for it only existed; they are subjunctive, as Job 3:13, Job 3:16. גּורל, the lot, is to be supplied to תּפּילוּ, as 1 Samuel 14:42. The verb כּרה, however, does not here signify to dig, so that שׁחת, a pit, should be supplied (Heiligst.), still less: dig out earth, and cast it on any one (Ebrard); but has the signification of buying and selling with על of the object, exactly like Job 39:27.

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ernestly desireth. Heb. gapeth after.

Psalm 119:131 I opened my mouth, and panted: for I longed for your commandments.

Psalm 143:6 I stretch forth my hands to you: my soul thirsts after you, as a thirsty land. Selah.

the shadow.

Jeremiah 6:4 Prepare you war against her; arise, and let us go up at noon. Woe to us! for the day goes away...

as an hireling.

Leviticus 19:13 You shall not defraud your neighbor, neither rob him...

Deuteronomy 24:15 At his day you shall give him his hire, neither shall the sun go down on it; for he is poor, and sets his heart on it...

Malachi 3:5 And I will come near to you to judgment; and I will be a swift witness against the sorcerers, and against the adulterers...

James 5:4 Behold, the hire of the laborers who have reaped down your fields, which is of you kept back by fraud, cries...

Cross References
Genesis 34:8
But Hamor spoke with them, saying, "The soul of my son Shechem longs for your daughter. Please give her to him to be his wife.

Job 7:1
"Has not man a hard service on earth, and are not his days like the days of a hired hand?

Job 7:3
so I am allotted months of emptiness, and nights of misery are apportioned to me.

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