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

King James Bible
As a servant earnestly desireth the shadow, and as an hireling looketh for the reward of his work:

Darby Bible Translation
As a bondman earnestly desireth the shadow, and a hireling expecteth his wages,

World English Bible
As a servant who earnestly desires the shadow, as a hireling who looks for his wages,

Young's Literal Translation
As a servant desireth the shadow, And as a hireling expecteth his wage,

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

Earnestly desireth the shadow - As a man who labors hard in the heat of the day earnestly desires to get under a shade, or wishes for the long evening shadows, that he may rest from his labor, get his day's wages, retire to his food, and then go to rest. Night is probably what is meant by the shadow; as in Virgil, Aen. iv., ver. 7:

Humentemque Aurora polo dimoverat Umbram.

"The morning had removed the humid shadow, i.e., night, from the world."

Where Servius justly observes:

Nihil interest, utrum Umbram an Noctem dicat: Nox enim Umbra terrae est,

"It makes no difference whether he says shadow or night; for night is the shadow of the earth."

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

ernestly desireth. Heb. gapeth after.

Psalm 119:131 I opened my mouth, and panted: for I longed for your commandments.

Psalm 143:6 I stretch forth my hands to you: my soul thirsts after you, as a thirsty land. Selah.

the shadow.

Jeremiah 6:4 Prepare you war against her; arise, and let us go up at noon. Woe to us! for the day goes away...

as an hireling.

Leviticus 19:13 You shall not defraud your neighbor, neither rob him...

Deuteronomy 24:15 At his day you shall give him his hire, neither shall the sun go down on it; for he is poor, and sets his heart on it...

Malachi 3:5 And I will come near to you to judgment; and I will be a swift witness against the sorcerers, and against the adulterers...

James 5:4 Behold, the hire of the laborers who have reaped down your fields, which is of you kept back by fraud, cries...

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
Genesis 34:8
But Hamor said to them, "My son Shechem has his heart set on your daughter. Please give her to him as his wife.

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

Job 7:3
so I have been allotted months of futility, and nights of misery have been assigned to me.

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