Job 7

The Brevity of Life

7:1 “Does not humanity have hard service1 on earth?

Are not their days also

like the days of a hired man?2

7:2 Like a servant3 longing for the evening shadow,4

and like a hired man looking5 for his wages,6

7:3 thus7 I have been made to inherit8

months of futility,9

and nights of sorrow10

have been appointed11 to me.

7:4 If I lie down, I say,12 ‘When will I arise?’,

and the night stretches on13

and I toss and turn restlessly14

until the day dawns.

7:5 My body15 is clothed16 with worms17 and dirty scabs;18

my skin is broken19 and festering.

7:6 My days20 are swifter21 than a weaver’s shuttle22

and they come to an end without hope.23

7:7 Remember24 that my life is but a breath,

that25 my eyes will never again26 see happiness.

7:8 The eye of him who sees me now will see me no more;27

your eyes will look for me, but I will be gone.28

7:9 As29 a cloud is dispersed and then disappears,30

so the one who goes down to the grave31

does not come up again.32

7:10 He returns no more to his house,

nor does his place of residence33 know him34 any more.

Job Remonstrates with God

7:11 “Therefore,35 I will not refrain my mouth;36

I will speak in the anguish of my spirit;

I will complain37 in the bitterness of my soul.

7:12 Am I the sea, or the creature of the deep,38

that you must put39 me under guard?40

7:13 If41 I say,42 “My bed will comfort me,43

my couch will ease44 my complaint,”

7:14 then you scare me45 with dreams

and terrify46 me with47 visions,

7:15 so that I48 would prefer49 strangling,50

and51 death52 more53 than life.54

7:16 I loathe55 it;56 I do not want to live forever;

leave me alone,57 for my days are a vapor!58

Insignificance of Humans

7:17 “What is mankind59 that you make so much of them,60

and that you pay attention61 to them?

7:18 And that you visit62 them every morning,

and try63 them every moment?64

7:19 Will you never65 look away from me,66

will you not let me alone67

long enough to swallow my spittle?

7:20 If68 I have sinned – what have I done to you,69

O watcher of men?70

Why have you set me as your target?71

Have I become a burden to you?72

7:21 And why do you not pardon my transgression,

and take away my iniquity?

For now I will lie down in the dust,73

and you will seek me diligently,74

but I will be gone.”

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