Job 7
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1"Men have harsh servitude on earth, do they not? His days are like those of a hired laborer, are they not? 1“Has not man a hard service on earth, and are not his days like the days of a hired hand?
2I'm like a servant who longs for the shade, like a hired laborer who is looking for his wages.2Like a slave who longs for the shadow, and like a hired hand who looks for his wages,
3Truly I've been allotted months of emptiness; nights of trouble have been appointed for me.3so I am allotted months of emptiness, and nights of misery are apportioned to me.
4"When I lie down I ask, 'When will I wake up?' But the night continues and I keep tossing and turning until dawn. 4When I lie down I say, ‘When shall I arise?’ But the night is long, and I am full of tossing till the dawn.
5My skin is covered with worms and clods of dirt; my skin becomes rough and then breaks out afresh.5My flesh is clothed with worms and dirt; my skin hardens, then breaks out afresh.
6My days pass as swiftly as a hand-loom; they come to their conclusion without hope.6My days are swifter than a weaver’s shuttle and come to their end without hope.
7Remember that my life is a breath; my eyes won't go back to seeing good things. 7“Remember that my life is a breath; my eye will never again see good.
8The eyes of the one who sees me won't see me anymore; your eyes will look for me but I won't be around! 8The eye of him who sees me will behold me no more; while your eyes are on me, I shall be gone.
9As a cloud fades away and vanishes, the one who descends to the afterlife doesn't return. 9As the cloud fades and vanishes, so he who goes down to Sheol does not come up;
10He doesn't return again to his house, and his place won't recognize him anymore."10he returns no more to his house, nor does his place know him anymore.
11"In addition, I won't keep my opinion to myself; I'll speak from my distressed spirit; I'll complain with my bitter soul.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.
12Am I the sea, or a sea monster, that you keep watching me?12Am I the sea, or a sea monster, that you set a guard over me?
13For I've said, 'My bed will comfort me; my couch will ease my burdens while I complain.'13When I say, ‘My bed will comfort me, my couch will ease my complaint,’
14But then you scared me with dreams; you terrified me with visions.14then you scare me with dreams and terrify me with visions,
15I would rather die by strangulation than continue living. 15so that I would choose strangling and death rather than my bones.
16I hate the thought of living forever! Leave me alone, because my days are pointless."16I loathe my life; I would not live forever. Leave me alone, for my days are a breath.
17"What is a human being, that you make so much of him; that you set your affections on him,17What is man, that you make so much of him, and that you set your heart on him,
18visit him every morning, and test him continually?18visit him every morning and test him every moment?
19Why won't you look away from me? Why don't you leave me alone so I can swallow my saliva?19How long will you not look away from me, nor leave me alone till I swallow my spit?
20So what if I sin? What have I done against you, you observer of humankind? Why have you made me your target? Why burden yourself with me?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?
21Why haven't you pardoned my transgression and taken away my iniquity? Now I'm about to lie down in the dust. You will seek me diligently, but I won't be around!" 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.”
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