Job 7 ESV

Job Continues: My Life Has No Hope

1 "Has not man 1a hard service on earth, and are not his 2days like the days of a hired hand?

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2 Like a slave who longs for 3the shadow, and like 4a hired hand who looks for his 5wages,

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3 so I am allotted months of 6emptiness, 7and nights of misery are apportioned to me.

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      4 8When I lie down I say, 'When shall I arise?' But the night is long, and I am full of tossing till the dawn.

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      5 My flesh is clothed with 9worms and 10dirt; my skin hardens, then 11breaks out afresh.

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          6 My days are 12swifter than 13a weaver's shuttle and come to their end without hope.

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          7 "Remember that my life is a 14breath; my eye will never again see good.

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          8 15The eye of him who sees me will behold me no more; while your eyes are on me, 16I shall be gone.

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              9 As 17the cloud fades and vanishes, so he who 18goes down to Sheol does not come up;

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              10 he 19returns no more to his house, nor does his 20place know him anymore.

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              11 "Therefore I will not 21restrain my mouth; I will speak in the anguish of my spirit; I will 22complain in 23the bitterness of my soul.

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              12 Am I the sea, or 24a sea monster, that you set a guard over me?

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              13 25When I say, 'My bed will comfort me, my couch will ease my complaint,'

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              14 then you scare me with dreams and terrify me with visions,
              15 so that I would choose strangling and death rather than my 26bones.

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              16 I 27loathe my life; I would not live forever. 28Leave me alone, for my days are 29a breath.

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                  17 30What is man, that you make so much of him, and that you set your heart on him,

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                  18 31visit him every morning and 32test him every moment?

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                  19 How long will you not 33look away from me, nor leave me alone till I swallow my spit?

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                  20 If I sin, what do I do to you, you watcher of mankind? Why have you made me 34your mark? Why have I become a burden to you?

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                  21 Why do you not pardon my transgression and take away my iniquity? For now I shall lie in 35the earth; you will 36seek me, 37but I shall not be."

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