Job 7 (Today's New International Version)

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1 "Do not mortals have hard service1 on earth?2 Are not their days like those of hired laborers?3 2 Like a slave longing for the evening shadows,4 or a hired laborer waiting to be paid,5 3 so I have been allotted months of futility, and nights of misery have been assigned to me.6 4 When I lie down I think, 'How long before I get up?'7 The night drags on, and I toss and turn until dawn.8 5 My body is clothed with worms9 and scabs, my skin is broken and festering.10 6 "My days are swifter than a weaver's shuttle,11 and they come to an end without hope.12 7 Remember, O God, that my life is but a breath;13 my eyes will never see happiness again.14 8 The eye that now sees me will see me no longer; you will look for me, but I will be no more.15 9 As a cloud vanishes16 and is gone, so those who go down to the grave17 do not return.18 10 They will never come to their homes again; their places19 will know them no more.20 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 12 Am I the sea,25 or the monster of the deep,26 that you put me under guard?27 13 When I think my bed will comfort me and my couch will ease my complaint,28 14 even then you frighten me with dreams and terrify29 me with visions,30 15 so that I prefer strangling and death,31 rather than this body of mine.32 16 I despise my life;33 I would not live forever.34 Let me alone;35 my days have no meaning.36 17 "What are human beings that you make so much of them, that you give them so much attention,37 18 that you examine them every morning38 and test them39 every moment?40 19 Will you never look away from me,41 or let me alone even for an instant?42 20 If I have sinned, what have I done to you,43 you who watch over us all? Why have you made me your target?44 Have I become a burden to you?a45 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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