Job 7:3
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New International Version
so I have been allotted months of futility, and nights of misery have been assigned to me.

New Living Translation
I, too, have been assigned months of futility, long and weary nights of misery.

English Standard Version
so I am allotted months of emptiness, and nights of misery are apportioned to me.

New American Standard Bible
So am I allotted months of vanity, And nights of trouble are appointed me.

King James Bible
So am I made to possess months of vanity, and wearisome nights are appointed to me.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
So I have been made to inherit months of futility, and troubled nights have been assigned to me.

International Standard Version
Truly I've been allotted months of emptiness; nights of trouble have been appointed for me.

NET Bible
thus I have been made to inherit months of futility, and nights of sorrow have been appointed to me.

New Heart English Bible
so am I made to possess months of misery, wearisome nights are appointed to me.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Likewise, I have been given months that are of no use, and I have inherited nights filled with misery.

JPS Tanakh 1917
So am I made to possess--months of vanity, And wearisome nights are appointed to me.

New American Standard 1977
So am I allotted months of vanity,
            And nights of trouble are appointed me.

Jubilee Bible 2000
so I am made to possess months of vanity, and wearisome nights are appointed to me.

King James 2000 Bible
So am I made to possess months of vanity, and wearisome nights are appointed to me.

American King James Version
So am I made to possess months of vanity, and wearisome nights are appointed to me.

American Standard Version
So am I made to possess months of misery, And wearisome nights are appointed to me.

Douay-Rheims Bible
So I also have had empty months, and have numbered to myself wearisome nights.

Darby Bible Translation
So am I made to possess months of vanity, and wearisome nights are appointed to me.

English Revised Version
So am I made to possess months of vanity, and wearisome nights are appointed to me.

Webster's Bible Translation
So am I made to possess months of vanity, and wearisome nights are appointed to me.

World English Bible
so am I made to possess months of misery, wearisome nights are appointed to me.

Young's Literal Translation
So I have been caused to inherit months of vanity, And nights of misery they numbered to me.
Study Bible
Job Continues: Life Seems Futile
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. 4"When I lie down I say, 'When shall I arise?' But the night continues, And I am continually tossing until dawn.…
Cross References
Job 7:2
"As a slave who pants for the shade, And as a hired man who eagerly waits for his wages,

Job 16:7
"But now He has exhausted me; You have laid waste all my company.
Treasury of Scripture

So am I made to possess months of vanity, and wearisome nights are appointed to me.

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Verse 3. - So am I made to possess months of vanity. "Months of vanity" are "months of which he can make no use " - "months which are no good to him." It has been concluded from this theft some considerable time had elapsed since Job was stricken by his disease. But he is perhaps looking to the future as much as to the past, anticipating a long, lingering illness. Elephantiasis is a disease which often lasts for years. And wearisome nights are appointed to me. To one stretched on a bed of sickness, the night is always more wearisome than the day. It has no changes, nothing to mark its flight. It seems almost interminable. In elephantiasis, however, it is a special feature of the disease that the sufferings of the patient are greatest at night. "In elephantiasis ansesthetica" says Dr. Erasmus Wilson, "a sense of dulness and heat pervades the surface, and there are sensations of tingling and prickling, and of burning heat. While the integument is insensible, there are deep-seated burning pains, sometimes of a bone or joint, sometimes of the vertebral column. These pains are greatest at night; they prevent sleep, and give rise to restlessness and frightful dreams" (Quain's 'Dictionary of Medicine,' vol. 1. p. 817). So am I made to possess months of vanity,.... This is not a reddition or application of the above similes of the servant and hireling, Job 7:1; for that is to be understood, and to be supplied at the end of Job 7:2; that as those looked for the shadow and payment of hire, so Job looked for and earnestly desired death, or to be removed out of the world; besides, the things here instanced in do not answer; for Job, instead of having the refreshing shadow, had months of vanity, and instead of rest from his labours had nothing but wearisome nights, and continual tossings to and fro; whereas the sleep of a labouring man is sweet to him; and having laboured hard all day, the night is a time of rest to him; but so it was not with Job; wherefore this "so" refers to the common state and condition of mankind, in which Job was, with an addition of extraordinary afflictions upon him: the time of his afflictions, though but short, seemed long, and therefore is expressed by months; and some months might have passed from the time his calamities began to the present; since it must be some time before his friends heard of them, and more still before they could meet together and agree upon their coming, and were actually come to him; as also some time was spent in silence, and now in conversation with him; the Jews (p) make them to be twelve months: and these months were "months of vanity", or "empty" (q) ones; such as winter months, empty of all joy, and peace, and comfort; times in which he had no pleasure, no ease of body or of mind; destitute of the good things of life, and of the presence of God and communion with him; and full of trouble, sorrow, and distress: and these were "given him for an inheritance" (r); were his lot and portion, which he received as an inheritance from his parents, in consequence of original sin, the source of all the troubles and miseries of human life, in common with other men; and which were allotted him by his heavenly Father, according to his sovereign will and pleasure, as all the afflictions of the Lord's people are the inheritance bequeathed them by their Father, and the legacy of their Redeemer:

and wearisome nights are appointed to me; one after another, in succession; in which he could have no sleep nor rest, through pain of body and distress of mind; and so became the more weary, through long lying down and tossings to and fro, through groans and tears, and much watching; and these were prepared for him in the purposes of God, and appointed to him in his counsels and decrees; see Job 23:14; or they "prepared" or "appointed" (s); that is, "Elohim", the three Divine Persons.

(p) Vid. Misn. Ediot, c. 2. sect. 10. & R. Simeon Bar Tzemach, in loc. (q) "menses vacuos", V. L. so Tigurine version, Michaelis. (r) "accepi hereditate", Pagninus, Montanus, Bolducius; so Cocceius, Schmidt, Schultens. (s) "constituerunt mihi", Pagninus, Bolducius; "mihi paraverunt", Mercerus; so Schmidt, Cocceius, Schultens. 3.—Months of comfortless misfortune.

I am made to possess—literally, "to be heir to." Irony. "To be heir to," is usually a matter of joy; but here it is the entail of an involuntary and dismal inheritance.

Months—for days, to express its long duration.

Appointed—literally, "they have numbered to me"; marking well the unavoidable doom assigned to him.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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