Job 7:1
New International Version
“Do not mortals have hard service on earth? Are not their days like those of hired laborers?

New Living Translation
“Is not all human life a struggle? Our lives are like that of a hired hand,

English Standard Version
“Has not man a hard service on earth, and are not his days like the days of a hired hand?

Berean Study Bible
“Is not man consigned to labor on earth? Are not his days like those of a hired hand?

King James Bible
Is there not an appointed time to man upon earth? are not his days also like the days of an hireling?

New King James Version
Is there not a time of hard service for man on earth? Are not his days also like the days of a hired man?

New American Standard Bible
“Is a person not forced to labor on earth, And are his days not like the days of a hired worker?

NASB 1995
“Is not man forced to labor on earth, And are not his days like the days of a hired man?

NASB 1977
“Is not man forced to labor on earth, And are not his days like the days of a hired man?

Amplified Bible
“Is not man forced to labor on earth? And are not his days like the days of a hired man?

Christian Standard Bible
Isn’t each person consigned to forced labor on earth? Are not his days like those of a hired worker?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Isn’t mankind consigned to forced labor on earth? Are not his days like those of a hired hand?

American Standard Version
Is there not a warfare to man upon earth? And are not his days like the days of a hireling?

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Now there is time for a person on the Earth, and like the days of a hired man are his days

Brenton Septuagint Translation
Is not the life of man upon earth a state of trial? and his existence as that of a hireling by the day?

Contemporary English Version
Why is life so hard? Why do we suffer?

Douay-Rheims Bible
The life of man upon earth is a warfare, and his days are like the days of a hireling.

English Revised Version
Is there not a warfare to man upon earth? and are not his days like the days of an hireling?

Good News Translation
Human life is like forced army service, like a life of hard manual labor,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"Isn't a mortal's stay on earth difficult like a hired hand's daily [work]?

International Standard Version
"Men have harsh servitude on earth, do they not? His days are like those of a hired laborer, are they not?

JPS Tanakh 1917
Is there not a time of service to man upon earth? And are not his days like the days of a hireling?

Literal Standard Version
“Is there not warfare to man on earth? And his days as the days of a hired worker?

NET Bible
"Does not humanity have hard service on earth? Are not their days also like the days of a hired man?

New Heart English Bible
"Isn't a man forced to labor on earth? Aren't his days like the days of a hired hand?

World English Bible
"Isn't a man forced to labor on earth? Aren't his days like the days of a hired hand?

Young's Literal Translation
Is there not a warfare to man on earth? And as the days of an hireling his days?

Additional Translations ...
Context
Job Continues: Life Seems Futile
1“Is not man consigned to labor on earth? Are not his days like those of a hired hand? 2Like a slave he longs for shade; like a hireling he waits for his wages.…

Cross References
Job 5:7
Yet man is born to trouble as surely as sparks fly upward.

Job 7:2
Like a slave he longs for shade; like a hireling he waits for his wages.

Job 10:17
You produce new witnesses against me and multiply Your anger toward me. Hardships assault me in wave after wave.

Job 14:1
"Man, who is born of woman, is short of days and full of trouble.

Job 14:6
look away from him and let him rest, so he can enjoy his day as a hired hand.

Job 14:14
When a man dies, will he live again? All the days of my hard service I will wait, until my renewal comes.

Isaiah 16:14
And now the LORD says, "In three years, as a hired worker counts the years, Moab's splendor will become an object of contempt, with all her many people. And those who are left will be few and feeble."


Treasury of Scripture

Is there not an appointed time to man on earth? are not his days also like the days of an hireling?

Is there.

Job 14:5,13,14
Seeing his days are determined, the number of his months are with thee, thou hast appointed his bounds that he cannot pass; …

Psalm 39:4
LORD, make me to know mine end, and the measure of my days, what it is; that I may know how frail I am.

Isaiah 38:5
Go, and say to Hezekiah, Thus saith the LORD, the God of David thy father, I have heard thy prayer, I have seen thy tears: behold, I will add unto thy days fifteen years.

an appointed time.

Ecclesiastes 8:8
There is no man that hath power over the spirit to retain the spirit; neither hath he power in the day of death: and there is no discharge in that war; neither shall wickedness deliver those that are given to it.

like the days.

Job 14:6
Turn from him, that he may rest, till he shall accomplish, as an hireling, his day.

Leviticus 25:50
And he shall reckon with him that bought him from the year that he was sold to him unto the year of jubile: and the price of his sale shall be according unto the number of years, according to the time of an hired servant shall it be with him.

Deuteronomy 15:18
It shall not seem hard unto thee, when thou sendest him away free from thee; for he hath been worth a double hired servant to thee, in serving thee six years: and the LORD thy God shall bless thee in all that thou doest.









Verses 1-21. - In this chapter Job first bewails his miserable fate, of which he expects no alleviation (vers. 1-10); then claims an unlimited right of complaint (ver. 11); and finally enters into direct expostulation with God - an expostulation which continues from ver. 12 to the end of the chapter. At the close, he admits his sinfulness (ver. 20), but asks impatiently why God does not pardon it instead of visiting it with such extreme vengeance (ver. 21). Verse 1. - Is there not an appointed time to man upon earth? rather, Is there not a warfare (or, a time of service) to man upon earth? Has not each man a certain work appointed for him to do, and a certain limited time assigned him within which to do it? And thus, Are not his days also like the days of an hireling? Since the hireling is engaged to do a certain work in a certain time.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
Is not
הֲלֹא־ (hă·lō-)
Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's 3808: Not, no

man
לֶאֱנ֣וֹשׁ (le·’ĕ·nō·wōš)
Preposition-l | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 582: Man, mankind

consigned to labor
צָבָ֣א (ṣā·ḇā)
Noun - common singular
Strong's 6635: A mass of persons, reg, organized for, war, a campaign

on
עֲלֵי־ (‘ă·lê-)
Preposition
Strong's 5921: Above, over, upon, against

earth?
אָ֑רֶץ (’ā·reṣ)
Noun - feminine singular
Strong's 5921: Above, over, upon, against

Are not his days
וְכִימֵ֖י (wə·ḵî·mê)
Conjunctive waw, Preposition-k | Noun - masculine plural construct
Strong's 3117: A day

like those
יָמָֽיו׃ (yā·māw)
Noun - masculine plural construct | third person masculine singular
Strong's 3117: A day

of a hired hand?
שָׂכִ֣יר (śā·ḵîr)
Adjective - masculine singular
Strong's 7916: A man at wages


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