Job 7
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1“Is not all human life a struggle? Our lives are like that of a hired hand,1"Do not mortals have hard service on earth? Are not their days like those of hired laborers?
2like a worker who longs for the shade, like a servant waiting to be paid.2Like a slave longing for the evening shadows, or a hired laborer waiting to be paid,
3I, too, have been assigned months of futility, long and weary nights of misery.3so I have been allotted months of futility, and nights of misery have been assigned to 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, 'How long before I get up?' 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 body is clothed with worms and scabs, my skin is broken and festering.
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 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, O God, that my life is but a breath; my eyes will never see happiness again.
8You see me now, but not for long. You will look for me, but I will be gone.8The eye that now sees me will see me no longer; 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 one who goes down to the grave does not return.
10They are gone forever from their home— never to be seen again.10He will never come to his house again; his place will know him no more.
11“I cannot keep from speaking. I must express my anguish. My bitter soul must complain.11"Therefore I will not keep silent; I will speak out 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 put 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.14even then you frighten me with dreams and terrify me with visions,
15I would rather be strangled— rather die than suffer like this.15so that I prefer strangling and death, rather than this body of mine.
16I hate my life and don’t want to go on living. Oh, leave me alone for my few remaining days.16I despise my life; I would not live forever. Let me alone; my days have no meaning.
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, that you give them so much attention,
18For you examine us every morning and test us every moment.18that you examine them every morning and test 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, or let me alone even for an instant?
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, you who see everything we do? Why have you made me 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.”21Why do you not pardon my offenses and forgive my sins? For I will soon lie down in the dust; you will search for me, but I will be no more."
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