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Job 7


Job's Life Seems Futile

Job 7:1   "Is not man forced to labor on earth, And are not his days like the days of a hired man?
Job 7:2   "As a slave who pants for the shade, And as a hired man who eagerly waits for his wages,
Job 7:3   So am I allotted months of vanity, And nights of trouble are appointed me.
Job 7:4   "When I lie down I say, 'When shall I arise?' But the night continues, And I am continually tossing until dawn.
Job 7:5   "My flesh is clothed with worms and a crust of dirt, My skin hardens and runs.
Job 7:6   "My days are swifter than a weaver's shuttle, And come to an end without hope.
Job 7:7   "Remember that my life is but breath; My eye will not again see good.
Job 7:8   "The eye of him who sees me will behold me no longer; Your eyes will be on me, but I will not be.
Job 7:9   "When a cloud vanishes, it is gone, So he who goes down to Sheol does not come up.
Job 7:10   "He will not return again to his house, Nor will his place know him anymore.
Job 7:11   "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.
Job 7:12   "Am I the sea, or the sea monster, That You set a guard over me?
Job 7:13   "If I say, 'My bed will comfort me, My couch will ease my complaint,'
Job 7:14   Then You frighten me with dreams And terrify me by visions;
Job 7:15   So that my soul would choose suffocation, Death rather than my pains.
Job 7:16   "I waste away; I will not live forever. Leave me alone, for my days are but a breath.
Job 7:17   "What is man that You magnify him, And that You are concerned about him,
Job 7:18   That You examine him every morning And try him every moment?
Job 7:19   "Will You never turn Your gaze away from me, Nor let me alone until I swallow my spittle?
Job 7:20   "Have I sinned? What have I done to You, O watcher of men? Why have You set me as Your target, So that I am a burden to myself?
Job 7:21   "Why then do You not pardon my transgression And take away my iniquity? For now I will lie down in the dust; And You will seek me, but I will not be."
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