Job 7 TNIV

1 "Do not mortals have hard service1 on earth?2 Are not their days like those of hired laborers?3

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2 Like a slave longing for the evening shadows,4 or a hired laborer waiting to be paid,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 and turn until 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
      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 those who go down to the grave17 do not return.18

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      10 They will never come to their homes again; their places19 will know them 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 are human beings that you make so much of them, that you give them so much attention,37

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              18 that you examine them every morning38 and test them39 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 you who watch over us all? Why have you made me your target?44 Have I become a burden to you?a45

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                    • a 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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