Job 7 (New American Standard)

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Job's Life Seems Futile

1 "aIs not man 1forced to labor on earth, And are not his days like the days of 2a hired man? 2 "As a slave who pants for the shade, And as a hired man who eagerly waits for his wages, 3 So am I allotted months of vanity, And 3nights of trouble are appointed me. 4 "When I 4lie down I say, 'When shall I arise?' But the night continues, And I am bcontinually tossing until dawn. 5 "My 5flesh is clothed with worms and a crust of dirt, My skin hardens and runs. 6 "My days are 6swifter than a weaver's shuttle, And come to an end 7without hope. 7 "Remember that my life 8is but breath; My eye will 9not again see good. 8 "The 10eye of him who sees me will behold me no longer; Your eyes will be on me, but 11I will not be. 9 "When a 12cloud vanishes, it is gone, So 13he who goes down to 14Sheol does not come up. 10 "He will not return again to his house, Nor will 15his place know him anymore. 11 "Therefore 16I will not restrain my mouth; I will speak in the anguish of my spirit, I will complain in the bitterness of my soul. 12 "Am I the sea, or 17the sea monster, That You set a guard over me? 13 "If I say, '18My bed will comfort me, My couch will cease my complaint,' 14 Then You frighten me with dreams And terrify me by visions; 15 So that my soul would choose suffocation, Death rather than my dpains. 16 "I e19waste away; I will not live forever. Leave me alone, 20for my days are but a breath. 17 "21What is man that You magnify him, And that You fare concerned about him, 18 That 22You examine him every morning And try him every moment? 19 "g23Will You never turn Your gaze away from me, Nor let me alone until I swallow my spittle? 20 "24Have I sinned? What have I done to You, O 25watcher of men? Why have You set me as Your target, So that I am a burden to myself? 21 "Why then 26do You not pardon my transgression And take away my iniquity? For now I will 27lie down in the dust; And You will seek me, 28but I will not be."
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