Job 7:6
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New International Version
"My days are swifter than a weaver's shuttle, and they come to an end without hope.

King James Bible
My days are swifter than a weaver's shuttle, and are spent without hope.

Darby Bible Translation
My days are swifter than a weaver's shuttle, and are spent without hope.

World English Bible
My days are swifter than a weaver's shuttle, and are spent without hope.

Young's Literal Translation
My days swifter than a weaving machine, And they are consumed without hope.

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

Swifter than a weaver's shuttle - The word ארג areg signifies rather the weaver than his shuttle. And it has been doubted whether any such instrument were in use in the days of Job. Dr. Russell, in his account of Aleppo, shows that though they wove many kinds of curious cloth, yet no shuttle was used, as they conducted every thread of the woof by their fingers. That some such instrument as the shuttle was in use from time immemorial, there can be no doubt: and it is certain that such an instrument must have been in the view of Job, without which the figure would lose its expression and force. In almost every nation the whole of human existence has been compared to a web; and the principle of life, through the continual succession of moments, hours, days, weeks, months, and years, to a thread woven through that web. Hence arose the fable of the Parcae or Fates, called also the Destinies or Fatal Sisters. They were the daughters of Erebus and Nox, darkness and night; and were three in number, and named Clotho, Lachesis, and Atropos. Clotho held the distaff; Lachesis spun off the thread; and Atropos cut it off with her scissors, when it was determined that life should end. Job represents the thread of his life as being spun out with great rapidity and tenuity, and about to be cut off.

And are spent without hope - Expectation of future good was at an end; hope of the alleviation of his miseries no longer existed. The hope of future good is the balm of life: where that is not, there is despair; where despair is, there is hell. The fable above mentioned is referred to by Virgil, Ecl. iv., ver. 46, but is there applied to time: -

Talia Secla, suis dixerunt, currite, fusis

Concordes stabili fatorum numine Parcae.

"The Fates, when they this happy thread have spun

Shall bless the sacred clue, and bid it smoothly run."


Isaiah uses the same figure, Isaiah 38:12 : -

My life is cut off, as by the weaver:

He will sever me from the loom.

In the course of the day thou wilt finish my web.


Coverdale translates thus: My dayes passe over more spedely then a weaver can weave out his webbe and are gone or I am awarre.

A fine example of this figure is found in the Teemour Nameh, which I shall give in Mr. Good's translation: -


Treasury of Scripture Knowledge


Job 9:25 Now my days are swifter than a post: they flee away, they see no good.

Job 16:22 When a few years are come, then I shall go the way from where I shall not return.

Job 17:11 My days are past, my purposes are broken off, even the thoughts of my heart.

Psalm 90:5,6 You carry them away as with a flood; they are as a sleep: in the morning they are like grass which grows up...

Psalm 102:11 My days are like a shadow that declines; and I am withered like grass.

Psalm 103:15,16 As for man, his days are as grass: as a flower of the field, so he flourishes...

Psalm 144:4 Man is like to vanity: his days are as a shadow that passes away.

Isaiah 38:12,13 My age is departed, and is removed from me as a shepherd's tent: I have cut off like a weaver my life...

Isaiah 40:6,7 The voice said, Cry. And he said, What shall I cry? All flesh is grass, and all the goodliness thereof is as the flower of the field...

James 1:11 For the sun is no sooner risen with a burning heat, but it wither the grass, and the flower thereof falls...

James 4:14 Whereas you know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor, that appears for a little time...

1 Peter 1:24 For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass wither, and the flower thereof falls away:

without hope.

Job 6:11 What is my strength, that I should hope? and what is my end, that I should prolong my life?

Job 17:15 And where is now my hope? as for my hope, who shall see it?

Proverbs 14:32 The wicked is driven away in his wickedness: but the righteous has hope in his death.

Jeremiah 2:25 Withhold your foot from being unshod, and your throat from thirst: but you said, There is no hope: no; for I have loved strangers...

Ephesians 2:12 That at that time you were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise...

1 Peter 1:13 Why gird up the loins of your mind, be sober...

December 4 Evening
I would not live alway.--JOB 7:16. And I said, O that I had wings like a dove, for then would I fly away, and be at rest. I would hasten my escape from the windy storm and tempest. In this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed upon with our house which is from heaven. For we that are in this tabernacle do groan, being burdened: not for that we would be unclothed, but clothed upon, that mortality might be swallowed up of life.--Having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ; which is far better.
Anonymous—Daily Light on the Daily Path

Of Resisting Temptation
So long as we live in the world, we cannot be without trouble and trial. Wherefore it is written in Job, The life of man upon the earth is a trial.(1) And therefore ought each of us to give heed concerning trials and temptations, and watch unto prayer, lest the devil find occasion to deceive; for he never sleepeth, but goeth about seeking whom he may devour. No man is so perfect in holiness that he hath never temptations, nor can we ever be wholly free from them. 2. Yet, notwithstanding, temptations
Thomas A Kempis—Imitation of Christ

The Eternity and Unchangeableness of God.
Exod. iii. 14.--"I AM THAT I AM."--Psal. xc. 2.--"Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting thou art God."--Job xi. 7-9.--"Canst thou by searching find out God? canst thou find out the Almighty unto perfection? It is as high as heaven; what canst thou do? deeper than hell; what canst thou know? The measure thereof is longer than the earth, and broader than the sea." This is the chief point of saving knowledge,
Hugh Binning—The Works of the Rev. Hugh Binning

What Now Shall I Say Concerning the Very Carefulness and Watchfulness against Sin? "Who...
48. What now shall I say concerning the very carefulness and watchfulness against sin? "Who shall boast that he hath a chaste heart? or who shall boast that he is clean from sin?" [2200] Holy virginity is indeed inviolate from the mother's womb; but "no one," saith he, "is clean in Thy sight, not even the infant whose life is of one day upon the earth." [2201] There is kept also in faith inviolate a certain virginal chastity, whereby the Church is joined as a chaste virgin unto One Husband: but That
St. Augustine—Of Holy Virginity.

Cross References
Job 9:25
"My days are swifter than a runner; they fly away without a glimpse of joy.

Job 13:15
Though he slay me, yet will I hope in him; I will surely defend my ways to his face.

Job 14:19
as water wears away stones and torrents wash away the soil, so you destroy a person's hope.

Job 17:11
My days have passed, my plans are shattered. Yet the desires of my heart

Job 17:15
where then is my hope-- who can see any hope for me?

Job 17:16
Will it go down to the gates of death? Will we descend together into the dust?"

Job 19:10
He tears me down on every side till I am gone; he uproots my hope like a tree.

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