Job 7
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1“Is not all human life a struggle? Our lives are like that of a hired hand,1"Men have harsh servitude on earth, do they not? His days are like those of a hired laborer, are they not?
2like a worker who longs for the shade, like a servant waiting to be paid.2I'm like a servant who longs for the shade, like a hired laborer who is looking for his wages.
3I, too, have been assigned months of futility, long and weary nights of misery.3Truly I've been allotted months of emptiness; nights of trouble have been appointed for me.
4Lying in bed, I think, ‘When will it be morning?’ But the night drags on, and I toss till dawn.4"When I lie down I ask, 'When will I wake up?' But the night continues and I keep tossing and turning until dawn.
5My body is covered with maggots and scabs. My skin breaks open, oozing with pus. Job Cries Out to God5My skin is covered with worms and clods of dirt; my skin becomes rough and then breaks out afresh.
6“My days fly faster than a weaver’s shuttle. They end without hope.6My days pass as swiftly as a hand-loom; they come to their conclusion without hope.
7O God, remember that my life is but a breath, and I will never again feel happiness.7Remember that my life is a breath; my eyes won't go back to seeing good things.
8You see me now, but not for long. You will look for me, but I will be gone.8The eyes of the one who sees me won't see me anymore; your eyes will look for me but I won't be around!
9Just as a cloud dissipates and vanishes, those who die will not come back.9As a cloud fades away and vanishes, the one who descends to the afterlife doesn't return.
10They are gone forever from their home— never to be seen again.10He doesn't return again to his house, and his place won't recognize him anymore."
11“I cannot keep from speaking. I must express my anguish. My bitter soul must complain.11"In addition, I won't keep my opinion to myself; I'll speak from my distressed spirit; I'll complain with my bitter soul.
12Am I a sea monster or a dragon that you must place me under guard?12Am I the sea, or a sea monster, that you keep watching me?
13I think, ‘My bed will comfort me, and sleep will ease my misery,’13For I've said, 'My bed will comfort me; my couch will ease my burdens while I complain.'
14but then you shatter me with dreams and terrify me with visions.14But then you scared me with dreams; you terrified me with visions.
15I would rather be strangled— rather die than suffer like this.15I would rather die by strangulation than continue living.
16I hate my life and don’t want to go on living. Oh, leave me alone for my few remaining days.16I hate the thought of living forever! Leave me alone, because my days are pointless."
17“What are people, that you should make so much of us, that you should think of us so often?17"What is a human being, that you make so much of him; that you set your affections on him,
18For you examine us every morning and test us every moment.18visit him every morning, and test him continually?
19Why won’t you leave me alone, at least long enough for me to swallow!19Why won't you look away from me? Why don't you leave me alone so I can swallow my saliva?
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?20So what if I sin? What have I done against you, you observer of humankind? Why have you made me your target? Why burden yourself with me?
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 haven't you pardoned my transgression and taken away my iniquity? Now I'm about to lie down in the dust. You will seek me diligently, but I won't be around!"
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright © 1996, 2004, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.The Holy Bible: International Standard Version® Release 2.1 Copyright © 1996-2012 The ISV Foundation
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