Job 7
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1"Do not mortals have hard service on earth? Are not their days like those of hired laborers?1Is there not an appointed time to man upon earth? are not his days also like the days of an hireling?
2Like a slave longing for the evening shadows, or a hired laborer waiting to be paid,2As a servant earnestly desireth the shadow, and as an hireling looketh for the reward of his work:
3so I have been allotted months of futility, and nights of misery have been assigned to me.3So am I made to possess months of vanity, and wearisome nights are appointed to me.
4When I lie down I think, 'How long before I get up?' The night drags on, and I toss and turn until dawn.4When I lie down, I say, When shall I arise, and the night be gone? and I am full of tossings to and fro unto the dawning of the day.
5My body is clothed with worms and scabs, my skin is broken and festering.5My flesh is clothed with worms and clods of dust; my skin is broken, and become loathsome.
6"My days are swifter than a weaver's shuttle, and they come to an end without hope.6My days are swifter than a weaver's shuttle, and are spent without hope.
7Remember, O God, that my life is but a breath; my eyes will never see happiness again.7O remember that my life is wind: mine eye shall no more see good.
8The eye that now sees me will see me no longer; you will look for me, but I will be no more.8The eye of him that hath seen me shall see me no more: thine eyes are upon me, and I am not.
9As a cloud vanishes and is gone, so one who goes down to the grave does not return.9As the cloud is consumed and vanisheth away: so he that goeth down to the grave shall come up no more.
10He will never come to his house again; his place will know him no more.10He shall return no more to his house, neither shall his place know him any more.
11"Therefore I will not keep silent; I will speak out in the anguish of my spirit, I will complain in the bitterness of my soul.11Therefore I will not refrain 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 the monster of the deep, that you put me under guard?12Am I a sea, or a whale, that thou settest a watch over me?
13When I think my bed will comfort me and my couch will ease my complaint,13When I say, My bed shall comfort me, my couch shall ease my complaint;
14even then you frighten me with dreams and terrify me with visions,14Then thou scarest me with dreams, and terrifiest me through visions:
15so that I prefer strangling and death, rather than this body of mine.15So that my soul chooseth strangling, and death rather than my life.
16I despise my life; I would not live forever. Let me alone; my days have no meaning.16I loathe it; I would not live alway: let me alone; for my days are vanity.
17"What is mankind that you make so much of them, that you give them so much attention,17What is man, that thou shouldest magnify him? and that thou shouldest set thine heart upon him?
18that you examine them every morning and test them every moment?18And that thou shouldest visit him every morning, and try him every moment?
19Will you never look away from me, or let me alone even for an instant?19How long wilt thou not depart from me, nor let me alone till I swallow down my spittle?
20If I have sinned, what have I done to you, you who see everything we do? Why have you made me your target? Have I become a burden to you?20I have sinned; what shall I do unto thee, O thou preserver of men? why hast thou set me as a mark against thee, so that I am a burden to myself?
21Why do you not pardon my offenses and forgive my sins? For I will soon lie down in the dust; you will search for me, but I will be no more."21And why dost thou not pardon my transgression, and take away mine iniquity? for now shall I sleep in the dust; and thou shalt seek me in the morning, but I shall not be.
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