Job 7:12
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English Standard Version
Am I the sea, or a sea monster, that you set a guard over me?

King James Bible
Am I a sea, or a whale, that thou settest a watch over me?

American Standard Version
Am I a sea, or a sea-monster, That thou settest a watch over me?

Douay-Rheims Bible
Am I a sea, or a whale, that thou hast enclosed me in a prison?

English Revised Version
Am I a sea, or a sea-monster, that thou settest a watch over me?

Webster's Bible Translation
Am I a sea, or a whale, that thou settest a watch over me?

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

4 If I lie down, I:think:

When shall I arise and the evening break away?

And I become weary with tossing to and fro unto the morning dawn.

5 My flesh is clothed with worms and clods of earth;

My skin heals up to fester again.

6 My days are swifter than a weaver's shuttle,

And vanish without hope.

Most modern commentators take מדּד as Piel from מדד: the night is extended (Renan: la nuit se prolonge), which is possible; comp. Ges. 52, 2. But the metre suggests another rendering: מדּד constr. of מדּד from נדד, to flee away: and when fleeing away of the evening. The night is described by its commencement, the late evening, to make the long interval of the sleeplessness and restlessness of the invalid prominent. In נדדים and מדד there is a play of words (Ebrard). רמּה, worms, in reference to the putrifying ulcers; and גּוּשׁ (with זעירא )ג, clod of earth, from the cracked, scaly, earth-coloured skin of one suffering with elephantiasis. The praett. are used of that which is past and still always present, the futt. consec. of that which follows in and with the other. The skin heals, רגע (which we render with Ges., Ew., contrahere se); the result is that it becomes moist again. ימּאס, according to Ges. 67, rem. 4 equals ימּס, Psalm 58:8. His days pass swiftly away; the result is that they come to an end without any hope whatever. ארג is like κερκίς, radius, a weaver's shuttle, by means of which the weft is shot between the threads of the warp as they are drawn up and down. His days pass as swiftly by as the little shuttle passes backwards and forwards in the warp.

Next follows a prayer to God for the termination of his pain, since there is no second life after the present, and consequently also the possibility of requital ceases with death.

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I a sea.

Job 7:17 What is man, that you should magnify him? and that you should set your heart on him?

Job 38:6-11 Whereupon are the foundations thereof fastened? or who laid the corner stone thereof...

Lamentations 3:7 He has hedged me about, that I cannot get out: he has made my chain heavy.

a whale.

Job 41:1-34 Can you draw out leviathan with an hook? or his tongue with a cord which you let down...

Cross References
Ezekiel 32:2
"Son of man, raise a lamentation over Pharaoh king of Egypt and say to him: "You consider yourself a lion of the nations, but you are like a dragon in the seas; you burst forth in your rivers, trouble the waters with your feet, and foul their rivers.

Ezekiel 32:3
Thus says the Lord GOD: I will throw my net over you with a host of many peoples, and they will haul you up in my dragnet.

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