Introduction

\\INTRODUCTION TO JOB 7\\

In this chapter Job goes on to defend himself in an address to God; as
that he had reason to complain of his extraordinary afflictions, and
wish for death; by observing the common case of mankind, which he
illustrates by that of an hireling, \\#Job 7:1\\; and justifies his eager
desire of death by the servant and hireling; the one earnestly desiring
the shadow, and the other the reward of his work, \\#Job 7:2\\; by
representing his present state as exceeding deplorable, even worse than
that of the servant and hireling, since they had rest at night, when he
had none, and were free from pain, whereas he was not, \\#Job 7:3-5\\; by
taking notice of the swiftness and shortness of his days, in which he
had no hope of enjoying any good, \\#Job 7:6,7\\; and so thought his case
hard; and the rather, since after death he could enjoy no temporal
good: and therefore to be deprived of it while living gave him just
reason of complaint, \\#Job 7:8-11\\; and then he expostulates with God for
setting such a strict watch upon him; giving him no ease night nor day,
but terrifying him with dreams and visions, which made life
disagreeable to him, and death more eligible than that, \\#Job 7:12-16\\;
and represents man as unworthy of the divine regard, and below his
notice to bestow favours on him, or to chastise him for doing amiss,
\\#Job 7:17,18\\; and admitting that he himself had sinned, yet he should
forgive his iniquity, and not bear so hard upon him, and follow him
with one affliction after another without intermission, and make him
the butt of his arrows; but should spare him and let him alone, or
however take him out of the world, \\#Job 7:19-21\\.