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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CommentaryClarke'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.
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an appointed time. or, a warfare.
like the days.
LibraryDecember 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. …
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Yet man is born to trouble as surely as sparks fly upward.
Like a slave longing for the evening shadows, or a hired laborer waiting to be paid,
You bring new witnesses against me and increase your anger toward me; your forces come against me wave upon wave.
"Mortals, born of woman, are of few days and full of trouble.
So look away from him and let him alone, till he has put in his time like a hired laborer.
If someone dies, will they live again? All the days of my hard service I will wait for my renewal to come.
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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