Job 7
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1“Has not man a hard service on earth, and are not his days like the days of a hired hand?1Isn't each person consigned to forced labor on earth? Are not his days like those of a hired worker?
2Like a slave who longs for the shadow, and like a hired hand who looks for his wages,2Like a slave he longs for shade; like a hired worker he waits for his pay.
3so I am allotted months of emptiness, and nights of misery are apportioned to me.3So I have been made to inherit months of futility, and troubled nights have been assigned to me.
4When I lie down I say, ‘When shall I arise?’ But the night is long, and I am full of tossing till the dawn.4When I lie down I think, "When will I get up?" But the evening drags on endlessly, and I toss and turn until dawn.
5My flesh is clothed with worms and dirt; my skin hardens, then breaks out afresh.5My flesh is clothed with maggots and encrusted with dirt. My skin forms scabs and then oozes.
6My days are swifter than a weaver’s shuttle and come to their end without hope.6My days pass more swiftly than a weaver's shuttle; they come to an end without hope.
7“Remember that my life is a breath; my eye will never again see good.7Remember that my life is but a breath. My eye will never again see anything good.
8The eye of him who sees me will behold me no more; while your eyes are on me, I shall be gone.8The eye of anyone who looks on me will no longer see me. Your eyes will look for me, but I will be gone.
9As the cloud fades and vanishes, so he who goes down to Sheol does not come up;9As a cloud fades away and vanishes, so the one who goes down to Sheol will never rise again.
10he returns no more to his house, nor does his place know him anymore.10He will never return to his house; his hometown will no longer remember him.
11“Therefore I will not restrain my mouth; I will speak in the anguish of my spirit; I will complain in the bitterness of my soul.11Therefore I will not restrain my mouth. I will speak in the anguish of my spirit; I will complain in the bitterness of my soul.
12Am I the sea, or a sea monster, that you set a guard over me?12Am I the sea or a sea monster, that you keep me under guard?
13When I say, ‘My bed will comfort me, my couch will ease my complaint,’13When I say, "My bed will comfort me, and my couch will ease my complaint,"
14then you scare me with dreams and terrify me with visions,14then you frighten me with dreams, and terrify me with visions,
15so that I would choose strangling and death rather than my bones.15so that I prefer strangling--death rather than life in this body.
16I loathe my life; I would not live forever. Leave me alone, for my days are a breath.16I give up! I will not live forever. Leave me alone, for my days are a breath.
17What is man, that you make so much of him, and that you set your heart on him,17What is a mere human, that you think so highly of him and pay so much attention to him?
18visit him every morning and test him every moment?18You inspect him every morning, and put him to the test every moment.
19How long will you not look away from me, nor leave me alone till I swallow my spit?19Will you ever look away from me, or leave me alone long enough to swallow?
20If I sin, what do I do to you, you watcher of mankind? Why have you made me your mark? Why have I become a burden to you?20If I have sinned, what have I done to you, Watcher of humanity? Why have you made me your target, so that I have become a burden to you?
21Why do you not pardon my transgression and take away my iniquity? For now I shall lie in the earth; you will seek me, but I shall not be.”21Why not forgive my sin and pardon my iniquity? For soon I will lie down in the grave. You will eagerly seek me, but I will be gone.
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