Job 7:2
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New International Version
Like a slave longing for the evening shadows, or a hired laborer waiting to be paid,

New Living Translation
like a worker who longs for the shade, like a servant waiting to be paid.

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

New American Standard Bible
"As a slave who pants for the shade, And as a hired man who eagerly waits for his wages,

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

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Like a slave he longs for shade; like a hired man he waits for his pay.

International Standard Version
I'm like a servant who longs for the shade, like a hired laborer who is looking for his wages.

NET Bible
Like a servant longing for the evening shadow, and like a hired man looking for his wages,

New Heart English Bible
As a servant who earnestly desires the shadow, as a hireling who looks for his wages,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Like a slave, he longs for shade. Like a hired hand, he eagerly looks for his pay.

JPS Tanakh 1917
As a servant that eagerly longeth for the shadow, And as a hireling that looketh for his wages;

New American Standard 1977
“As a slave who pants for the shade,
            And as a hired man who eagerly waits for his wages,

Jubilee Bible 2000
As a slave earnestly desires the shade and as a hireling waits for rest from his work,

King James 2000 Bible
As a servant earnestly desires the shadow, and as a hireling looks for the reward of his work:

American King James Version
As a servant earnestly desires the shadow, and as an hireling looks 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;

Darby Bible Translation
As a bondman earnestly desireth the shadow, and a hireling expecteth his wages,

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;

World English Bible
As a servant who earnestly desires the shadow, as a hireling who looks for his wages,

Young's Literal Translation
As a servant desireth the shadow, And as a hireling expecteth his wage,
Study Bible
Job Continues: Life Seems Futile
1"Is not man forced to labor on earth, And are not his days like the days of a hired man? 2"As a slave who pants for the shade, And as a hired man who eagerly waits for his wages, 3So am I allotted months of vanity, And nights of trouble are appointed me.…
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 in marriage.

Job 7:1
"Is not man forced to labor on earth, And are not his days like the days of a hired man?

Job 7:3
So am I allotted months of vanity, And nights of trouble are appointed me.
Treasury of Scripture

As a servant earnestly desires the shadow, and as an hireling looks for the reward of his work:

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 …

the shadow.

Jeremiah 6:4 Prepare you war against her; arise, and let us go up at noon. Woe …

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 …

Malachi 3:5 And I will come near to you to judgment; and I will be a swift witness …

James 5:4 Behold, the hire of the laborers who have reaped down your fields, …

Verse 2. - As a servant (or, a slave) panteth for the shadow; i.e. longs for the shades of evening to descend and bring the day to a close. The slavery of Job's time was probably not unlike that of captive races in Egypt, so graphically portrayed in the early chapters of Exodus. The captive, working from morning to night at exhausting labour, would long intensely for the night to arrive, when his toil would come to an end. The inference is not drawn, but clearly is - so Job may be excused if he longs for death, now that he has reached old age, and that the work of his life is manifestly ended. And as an hireling looketh for the reward of his work; rather, for his wages. The word used (פעל) has the two meanings of "work" and "the wages of work" (see Jeremiah 22:13). As a servant earnestly desireth the shadow,.... Either the shadow of some great rock, tree, or hedge, or any shady place to shelter him from the heat of the sun in the middle of the day, which in those eastern countries is hot and scorching; and very burdensome and fatiguing it is for servants and labourers to work in fields and vineyards, or in keeping herds and flocks in such countries, and at such a time of the day; to which the allusion is in Sol 1:7 Isaiah 25:4. Wherefore they "gape" for, or "pant" after some shady place for refreshment, as the word (n) used signifies; or for the shadow of the evening, or the sun setting, when the longest shadow is cast, Jeremiah 6:4; and when the work of a servant is ended, and he retires to his house for refreshment and rest: and since now such a shadow in either sense is desirable, and not unlawful to wish for, Job suggests it ought not to be charged as a crime in him, that he should importunately desire to be in the shadow of death, or in the grave, where the weary are at rest; or to have the night come on him, when he should cease from all his toil and labour, sorrows and pains:

and as an hireling looketh for the reward of his work; or "for his work" (o); either for new work, what was set him being done, or rather for the finishing of it, that he might have rest from it; or for the reward, the hire due to him upon its being done; so Job intimates he desired death with the same view, that he might cease from his works, which should follow him, and when he should have the reward of the inheritance, not in a way of debt, but of grace: nor indeed is it sinful to look or have respect unto the recompence of reward, in order to engage to go through service more cheerfully, or to endure sufferings more patiently, see Hebrews 11:26; for though the hireling is an emblem of a self-righteous person, that works for life, and expects it as the reward of his work, and of false teachers and bad shepherds, that take the care of the flock for filthy lucre's sake, see Luke 15:19; yet hiring is sometimes used, in a good sense, of good men, that are hired and allured by gracious promises and divine encouragements to labour in the Lord's vineyard, and may expect their reward; see Matthew 20:1.

(n) "anhelabit", Montanus, Bolducius; "anhelat", Beza, Tigurine version, Piscator, Cocceius, Schmidt, Schultens. (o) "opus suum", Beza Montanus, Bolducius, Schmidt, Schultens. 2. earnestly desireth—Hebrew, "pants for the [evening] shadow." Easterners measure time by the length of their shadow. If the servant longs for the evening when his wages are paid, why may not Job long for the close of his hard service, when he shall enter on his "reward?" This proves that Job did not, as many maintain, regard the grave as a mere sleep.7:1-6 Job here excuses what he could not justify, his desire of death. Observe man's present place: he is upon earth. He is yet on earth, not in hell. Is there not a time appointed for his abode here? yes, certainly, and the appointment is made by Him who made us and sent us here. During that, man's life is a warfare, and as day-labourers, who have the work of the day to do in its day, and must make up their account at night. Job had as much reason, he thought, to wish for death, as a poor servant that is tired with his work, has to wish for the shadows of the evening, when he shall go to rest. The sleep of the labouring man is sweet; nor can any rich man take so much satisfaction in his wealth, as the hireling in his day's wages. The comparison is plain; hear his complaint: His days were useless, and had long been so; but when we are not able to work for God, if we sit still quietly for him, we shall be accepted. His nights were restless. Whatever is grievous, it is good to see it appointed for us, and as designed for some holy end. When we have comfortable nights, we must see them also appointed to us, and be thankful for them. His body was noisome. See what vile bodies we have. His life was hastening apace. While we are living, every day, like the shuttle, leaves a thread behind: many weave the spider's web, which will fail, ch. 8:14. But if, while we live, we live unto the Lord, in works of faith and labours of love, we shall have the benefit, for every man shall reap as he sowed, and wear as he wove.
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