Job 7 NIV

1 "Does not man have hard service1 on earth?2 Are not his days like those of a hired man?3

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2 Like a slave longing for the evening shadows,4 or a hired man waiting eagerly for his wages,5

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3 so I have been allotted months of futility, and nights of misery have been assigned to me.6

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4 When I lie down I think, 'How long before I get up?'7 The night drags on, and I toss till dawn.8

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      5 My body is clothed with worms9 and scabs, my skin is broken and festering.10

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      6 "My days are swifter than a weaver's shuttle,11 and they come to an end without hope.12

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      7 Remember, O God, that my life is but a breath;13 my eyes will never see happiness again.14

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      8 The eye that now sees me will see me no longer; you will look for me, but I will be no more.15

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      9 As a cloud vanishes16 and is gone, so he who goes down to the gravea17 does not return.18

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        • a 7:9 - Hebrew "Sheol"
          10 He will never come to his house again; his place19 will know him no more.20

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          11 "Therefore I will not keep silent;21 I will speak out in the anguish22 of my spirit, I will complain23 in the bitterness of my soul.24

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          12 Am I the sea,25 or the monster of the deep,26 that you put me under guard?27

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          13 When I think my bed will comfort me and my couch will ease my complaint,28

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              14 even then you frighten me with dreams and terrify29 me with visions,30

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              15 so that I prefer strangling and death,31 rather than this body of mine.32

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              16 I despise my life;33 I would not live forever.34 Let me alone;35 my days have no meaning.36

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                  17 "What is man that you make so much of him, that you give him so much attention,37

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                  18 that you examine him every morning38 and test him39 every moment?40

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                  19 Will you never look away from me,41 or let me alone even for an instant?42

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                      20 If I have sinned, what have I done to you,43 O watcher of men? Why have you made me your target?44 Have I become a burden to you?b45

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                        • b 7:20 - A few manuscripts of the Masoretic Text, an ancient Hebrew scribal tradition and Septuagint; most manuscripts of the Masoretic Text "I have become a burden to myself."
                          21 Why do you not pardon my offenses and forgive my sins?46 For I will soon lie down in the dust;47 you will search for me, but I will be no more."48

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