Job 7
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1“Is not all human life a struggle? Our lives are like that of a hired hand,1"Does not humanity have hard service on earth? Are not their days also like the days of a hired man?
2like a worker who longs for the shade, like a servant waiting to be paid.2Like a servant longing for the evening shadow, and like a hired man looking for his wages,
3I, too, have been assigned months of futility, long and weary nights of misery.3thus I have been made to inherit months of futility, and nights of sorrow have been appointed to me.
4Lying in bed, I think, ‘When will it be morning?’ But the night drags on, and I toss till dawn.4If I lie down, I say, 'When will I arise?', and the night stretches on and I toss and turn restlessly until the day dawns.
5My body is covered with maggots and scabs. My skin breaks open, oozing with pus. Job Cries Out to God5My body is clothed with worms and dirty scabs; my skin is broken 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 and 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, that 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 of him who sees me now will see me no more; your eyes will look for me, but I will be gone.
9Just as a cloud dissipates and vanishes, those who die will not come back.9As a cloud is dispersed and then disappears, so the one who goes down to the grave does not come up again.
10They are gone forever from their home— never to be seen again.10He returns no more to his house, nor does his place of residence know him any more.
11“I cannot keep from speaking. I must express my anguish. My bitter soul must complain.11"Therefore, I will not refrain 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 creature of the deep, that you must put me under guard?
13I think, ‘My bed will comfort me, and sleep will ease my misery,’13If 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 scare 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 more than life.
16I hate my life and don’t want to go on living. Oh, leave me alone for my few remaining days.16I loathe it; I do not want to live forever; leave me alone, for my days are a vapor!
17“What are people, that you should make so much of us, that you should think of us so often?17"What is mankind that you make so much of them, and that you pay attention to them?
18For you examine us every morning and test us every moment.18And that you visit them every morning, and try them every moment?
19Why won’t you leave me alone, at least long enough for me to swallow!19Will you never look away from me, will you not let me alone long enough 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 men? Why have you set me as your target? Have I become 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.”21And why 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 diligently, but I will be gone."
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