Job 7
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1“Is not all human life a struggle? Our lives are like that of a hired hand,1“Is not man consigned to labor on earth? Are not his days like those of a hired hand?
2like a worker who longs for the shade, like a servant waiting to be paid.2Like a slave he longs for shade; like a hired hand he waits for his wages.
3I, too, have been assigned months of futility, long and weary nights of misery.3So I am allotted months of futility, and nights of misery are appointed me.
4Lying in bed, I think, ‘When will it be morning?’ But the night drags on, and I toss till dawn.4When I lie down I think: ’When will I get up?’ But the night drags on, and I toss and turn until dawn.
5My body is covered with maggots and scabs. My skin breaks open, oozing with pus. Job Cries Out to God5My flesh is clothed with worms and encrusted with dirt; my skin is cracked and festering.
6“My days fly faster than a weaver’s shuttle. They end without hope.6My days are swifter than a weaver’s shuttle; they come to an end without hope.
7O God, remember that my life is but a breath, and I will never again feel happiness.7Remember that my life is but a breath. My eyes will never again see happiness.
8You see me now, but not for long. You will look for me, but I will be gone.8The eye that beholds me will no longer see me. You will look for me, but I will be no more.
9Just as a cloud dissipates and vanishes, those who die will not come back.9As a cloud vanishes and is gone, so he who goes down to Sheol will never rise up.
10They are gone forever from their home— never to be seen again.10He will never return to his house; his place will remember him no more.
11“I cannot keep from speaking. I must express my anguish. My bitter soul must complain.11Therefore I will not restrain my mouth; I will speak in the anguish of my spirit; I will complain in the bitterness of my soul.
12Am I a sea monster or a dragon that you must place me under guard?12Am I the sea, or the monster of the deep, that You must keep me under guard?
13I think, ‘My bed will comfort me, and sleep will ease my misery,’13When I think my bed will comfort me and my couch will ease my complaint,
14but then you shatter me with dreams and terrify me with visions.14then You frighten me with dreams and terrify me with visions,
15I would rather be strangled— rather die than suffer like this.15so that I would prefer strangling and death over my life in this body.
16I hate my life and don’t want to go on living. Oh, leave me alone for my few remaining days.16I loathe my life! I would not live forever. Leave me alone, for my days are but a breath.
17“What are people, that you should make so much of us, that you should think of us so often?17What is man that You should exalt him, that You should set Your heart upon him,
18For you examine us every morning and test us every moment.18that You attend to him every morning, and test him every moment?
19Why won’t you leave me alone, at least long enough for me to swallow!19Will You never look away from me, or leave me alone to swallow my spittle?
20If I have sinned, what have I done to you, O watcher of all humanity? Why make me your target? Am I a burden to you?20If I have sinned, what have I done to You, O watcher of mankind? Why have You made me Your target, so that I am a burden to You?
21Why not just forgive my sin and take away my guilt? For soon I will lie down in the dust and die. When you look for me, I will be gone.”21Why do You not pardon my transgression and take away my iniquity? For soon I will lie down in the dust; You will seek me, but I will be no more.”
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