Job 7:2
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,

Berean Study Bible
Like a slave he longs for shade; like a hired man he waits 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:

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

Contemporary English Version
We are slaves in search of shade; we are laborers longing for our wages.

Good News Translation
like a slave longing for cool shade; like a worker waiting to be paid.

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:

Brenton Septuagint Translation
Or as a servant that fears his master, and one who has grasped a shadow? or as a hireling waiting for his pay?

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
1Is 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 hired man he waits for his wages. 3So I am allotted months of futility, and nights of misery are appointed me.…
Cross References
Genesis 34:8
But Hamor said to them, "My son Shechem longs for your daughter. Please give her to him as his wife.

Job 7:1
Is not man consigned to labor on earth? Are not his days like those of a hired hand?

Job 7:3
So I am allotted months of futility, and nights of misery 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.

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

Psalm 143:6
I stretch forth my hands unto thee: my soul thirsteth after thee, as a thirsty land. Selah.

the shadow.

Jeremiah 6:4
Prepare ye war against her; arise, and let us go up at noon. Woe unto us! for the day goeth away, for the shadows of the evening are stretched out.

as an hireling.

Leviticus 19:13
Thou shalt not defraud thy neighbour, neither rob him: the wages of him that is hired shall not abide with thee all night until the morning.

Deuteronomy 24:15
At his day thou shalt give him his hire, neither shall the sun go down upon it; for he is poor, and setteth his heart upon it: lest he cry against thee unto the LORD, and it be sin unto thee.

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, and against false swearers, and against those that oppress the hireling in his wages, the widow, and the fatherless, and that turn aside the stranger from his right, and fear not me, saith the LORD of hosts.







Lexicon
Like a slave
כְּעֶ֥בֶד (kə·‘e·ḇeḏ)
Preposition-k | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5650: Slave, servant

he longs for
יִשְׁאַף־ (yiš·’ap̄-)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7602: To inhale eagerly, to cover, to be angry, to hasten

shade;
צֵ֑ל (ṣêl)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6738: A shadow

like a hired man
וּ֝כְשָׂכִ֗יר (ū·ḵə·śā·ḵîr)
Conjunctive waw, Preposition-k | Adjective - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7916: A man at wages

he waits for
יְקַוֶּ֥ה (yə·qaw·weh)
Verb - Piel - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6960: To bind together, collect, to expect

his wages.
פָעֳלֽוֹ׃ (p̄ā·‘o·lōw)
Noun - masculine singular construct | third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6467: Doing, deed, work
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). 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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