Job 7:1
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New International Version
"Do not mortals have hard service on earth? Are not their days like those of hired laborers?

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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Commentary
Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

Is there not an appointed time to man - The Hebrew, with its literal rendering, is as follows: הלא צבא לאנוש עלי ארץ halo tsaba leenosh aley arets, "Is there not a warfare to miserable man upon the earth?" And thus most of the versions have understood the words. The Septuagint: Ποτερον ουχι πειρατηριον εστι ὁ βιος ανθρωπου επι της γης; "Is not the life of man a place of trial upon earth?" The Vulgate: Militia est vita hominis super terram, "The life of man is a warfare upon earth?" The Chaldee is the same. N'y a-t-il pas comme un train de guerre ordonne aux mortels sur la terre? "Is there not a continual campaign ordained for mortals upon the earth?" French Bible. The German and Dutch the same. Coverdale: Is not the life off man upon earth a very batayle? Carmarden, Rouen, 1566: Hath man any certayne tyme upon earth? Syriac and Arabic: "Now, man has time upon the earth." Non e egli il tempo determinato a l'huomo sopra la terra?" "Is there not a determined time to man upon the earth?" Bib. Ital., 1562. All these are nearer to the true sense than ours; and of a bad translation, worse use has been made by many theologians. I believe the simple sentiment which the writer wished to convey is this: Human life is a state of probation; and every day and place is a time and place of exercise, to train us up for eternal life. Here is the exercise, and here the warfare: we are enlisted in the bands of the Church militant, and must accomplish our time of service, and be honorably dismissed from the warfare, having conquered through the blood of the Lamb; and then receive the reward of the heavenly inheritance.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Is there.

Job 14:5,13,14 Seeing his days are determined, the number of his months are with you, you have appointed his bounds that he cannot pass...

Psalm 39:4 LORD, make me to know my end, and the measure of my days, what it is: that I may know how frail I am.

Isaiah 38:5 Go, and say to Hezekiah, Thus said the LORD, the God of David your father, I have heard your prayer, I have seen your tears: behold...

John 11:9,10 Jesus answered, Are there not twelve hours in the day? If any man walk in the day, he stumbles not...

an appointed time. or, a warfare.

Ecclesiastes 8:8 There is no man that has power over the spirit to retain the spirit; neither has he power in the day of death...

like the days.

Job 14:6 Turn from him, that he may rest, till he shall accomplish, as an hireling, his day.

Leviticus 25:50 And he shall reckon with him that bought him from the year that he was sold to him to the year of jubilee...

Deuteronomy 15:18 It shall not seem hard to you, when you send him away free from you; for he has been worth a double hired servant to you...

Isaiah 21:16 For thus has the LORD said to me, Within a year, according to the years of an hireling, and all the glory of Kedar shall fail:

Matthew 20:1-15 For the kingdom of heaven is like to a man that is an householder...

Library
December 4 Evening
I would not live alway.--JOB 7:16. And I said, O that I had wings like a dove, for then would I fly away, and be at rest. I would hasten my escape from the windy storm and tempest. In this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed upon with our house which is from heaven. For we that are in this tabernacle do groan, being burdened: not for that we would be unclothed, but clothed upon, that mortality might be swallowed up of life.--Having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ; which is far better.
Anonymous—Daily Light on the Daily Path

Of Resisting Temptation
So long as we live in the world, we cannot be without trouble and trial. Wherefore it is written in Job, The life of man upon the earth is a trial.(1) And therefore ought each of us to give heed concerning trials and temptations, and watch unto prayer, lest the devil find occasion to deceive; for he never sleepeth, but goeth about seeking whom he may devour. No man is so perfect in holiness that he hath never temptations, nor can we ever be wholly free from them. 2. Yet, notwithstanding, temptations
Thomas A Kempis—Imitation of Christ

The Eternity and Unchangeableness of God.
Exod. iii. 14.--"I AM THAT I AM."--Psal. xc. 2.--"Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting thou art God."--Job xi. 7-9.--"Canst thou by searching find out God? canst thou find out the Almighty unto perfection? It is as high as heaven; what canst thou do? deeper than hell; what canst thou know? The measure thereof is longer than the earth, and broader than the sea." This is the chief point of saving knowledge,
Hugh Binning—The Works of the Rev. Hugh Binning

What Now Shall I Say Concerning the Very Carefulness and Watchfulness against Sin? "Who...
48. What now shall I say concerning the very carefulness and watchfulness against sin? "Who shall boast that he hath a chaste heart? or who shall boast that he is clean from sin?" [2200] Holy virginity is indeed inviolate from the mother's womb; but "no one," saith he, "is clean in Thy sight, not even the infant whose life is of one day upon the earth." [2201] There is kept also in faith inviolate a certain virginal chastity, whereby the Church is joined as a chaste virgin unto One Husband: but That
St. Augustine—Of Holy Virginity.

Cross References
Job 5:7
Yet man is born to trouble as surely as sparks fly upward.

Job 7:2
Like a slave longing for the evening shadows, or a hired laborer waiting to be paid,

Job 10:17
You bring new witnesses against me and increase your anger toward me; your forces come against me wave upon wave.

Job 14:1
"Mortals, born of woman, are of few days and full of trouble.

Job 14:6
So look away from him and let him alone, till he has put in his time like a hired laborer.

Job 14:14
If someone dies, will they live again? All the days of my hard service I will wait for my renewal to come.

Isaiah 16:14
But now the LORD says: "Within three years, as a servant bound by contract would count them, Moab's splendor and all her many people will be despised, and her survivors will be very few and feeble."

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