Job 7
New Living TranslationNew American Standard Bible
1“Is not all human life a struggle? Our lives are like that of a hired hand,1"Is not man forced to labor on earth, And are not his days like the days of a hired man?
2like a worker who longs for the shade, like a servant waiting to be paid.2"As a slave who pants for the shade, And as a hired man who eagerly waits for his wages,
3I, too, have been assigned months of futility, long and weary nights of misery.3So am I allotted months of vanity, And nights of trouble are appointed 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 say, 'When shall I arise?' But the night continues, And I am continually tossing until dawn.
5My body is covered with maggots and scabs. My skin breaks open, oozing with pus. Job Cries Out to God5"My flesh is clothed with worms and a crust of dirt, My skin hardens and runs.
6“My days fly faster than a weaver’s shuttle. They end without hope.6"My days are swifter than a weaver's shuttle, And come to an end without hope.
7O God, remember that my life is but a breath, and I will never again feel happiness.7"Remember that my life is but breath; My eye will not again see good.
8You see me now, but not for long. You will look for me, but I will be gone.8"The eye of him who sees me will behold me no longer; Your eyes will be on me, but I will not be.
9Just as a cloud dissipates and vanishes, those who die will not come back.9"When a cloud vanishes, it is gone, So he who goes down to Sheol does not come up.
10They are gone forever from their home— never to be seen again.10"He will not return again to his house, Nor will his place know him anymore.
11“I cannot keep from speaking. I must express my anguish. My bitter soul must complain.11"Therefore 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?12"Am I the sea, or the sea monster, That You set a guard over me?
13I think, ‘My bed will comfort me, and sleep will ease my misery,’13"If I say, 'My bed will comfort me, 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 by visions;
15I would rather be strangled— rather die than suffer like this.15So that my soul would choose suffocation, Death rather than my pains.
16I hate my life and don’t want to go on living. Oh, leave me alone for my few remaining days.16"I waste away; I will 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?17"What is man that You magnify him, And that You are concerned about him,
18For you examine us every morning and test us every moment.18That You examine him every morning And try him every moment?
19Why won’t you leave me alone, at least long enough for me to swallow!19"Will You never turn Your gaze away from me, Nor let me alone until I 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?20"Have I sinned? What have I done to You, O watcher of men? Why have You set me as Your target, So that I am a burden to myself?
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.”21"Why then do You not pardon my transgression And take away my iniquity? For now I will lie down in the dust; And You will seek me, but I will not be."
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