New American Standard Bible
"Is not man forced to labor on earth, And are not his days like the days of a hired man?
King James Bible
Is there not an appointed time to man upon earth? are not his days also like the days of an hireling?
Darby Bible Translation
Hath not man a life of labour upon earth? and are not his days like the days of a hireling?
World English Bible
"Isn't a man forced to labor on earth? Aren't his days like the days of a hired hand?
Young's Literal Translation
Is there not a warfare to man on earth? And as the days of an hireling his days?
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
Is there not an appointed time to man upon earth? - Margin, or, warfare. The word used here צבא tsâbâ' means properly a host, an army, see the notes, Isaiah 1:9; then it means warfare, or the hard service of a soldier; notes, Isaiah 40:2. Here it means that man on the earth was enlisted, so to speak, for a certain time. He had a certain and definite hard service to perform, and which he must continue to discharge until he was relieved by death. It was a service of hazard, like the life of a soldier, or of toil, like that of one who had been hired for a certain time, and who anxiously looked for the period of his release. The object of Job in introducing this remark evidently is, to vindicate himself for the wish to die which he had expressed. He maintains that it is as natural and proper for man in his circumstances to wish to be released by death, as for a soldier to desire that his term of service might be accomplished, or a weary servant to long for the shades of the evening. The Septuagint renders it, "Is not the life of man upon the earth peirateerion " - explained by Schleusner and rendered by Good, as meaning a band of pirates. The Vulgate renders it, militia - miltary service. The sense is, that the life of man was like the hard service of a soldier; and this is one of the points of justification to which Job referred in Job 6:29-30. He maintains that it is not improper to desire that such a service should close.
The days of an hireling - A man who has been hired to perform some service with a promise of a reward, and who is not unnaturally impatient to receive it. Job maintained that such was the life of man. He was looking forward to a reward, and it was not unnatural or improper to desire that that reward should be given to him.
Job 7:1But if a man die - shall he indeed live again?
All the days of my appointed time (Hebrew, my warfare) will Iwait,
Library"Am I a Sea, or a Whale?"
On Thursday Evening, May 7th, 1891. "Am I a sea, or a whale, that thou settest a watch over me?"--Job 7:12. JOB WAS IN GREAT PAIN when he thus bitterly complained. These moans came from him when his skin was broken and had become loathsome and he sat upon a dunghill and scraped himself with a potsherd. We wonder at his patience, but we do not wonder at his impatience. He had fits of complaining, and failed in that very patience for which he was noted. Where God's saints are most glorious, there you …
Charles Haddon Spurgeon—Spurgeon's Sermons Volume 37: 1891
Whether the Aureole is the Same as the Essential Reward which is Called the Aurea?
"And we all do Fade as a Leaf, and Our Iniquities, Like the Wind, have Taken us Away. "
The Sinner Stripped of his Vain Pleas.
For man is born for trouble, As sparks fly upward.
"As a slave who pants for the shade, And as a hired man who eagerly waits for his wages,
'You renew Your witnesses against me And increase Your anger toward me; Hardship after hardship is with me.
"Man, who is born of woman, Is short-lived and full of turmoil.
"Turn Your gaze from him that he may rest, Until he fulfills his day like a hired man.
"If a man dies, will he live again? All the days of my struggle I will wait Until my change comes.
But now the LORD speaks, saying, "Within three years, as a hired man would count them, the glory of Moab will be degraded along with all his great population, and his remnant will be very small and impotent."
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