Job’s Second Speech: A Response to Eliphaz

1 "Does not {a human being have hard service} on earth? And [are not] his days like the days of a laborer?
2 Like a slave he longs for [the] shadow, and like a laborer he waits for his wages.
3 So {I had to inherit} months of worthlessness, and nights of misery are apportioned to me.
4 When I lie down, I say, 'When shall I rise?' But [the] night is long, and I have my fill of tossing until dawn.
5 My body is clothed [with] maggots and clods of dust; my skin hardens, then it gives way [again].
6 "My days are swifter than a weaver's shuttle, and they come to an end {without hope}.
7 Remember that my life [is] a breath; my eye will not return to see good.
8 The eye of [the one] seeing me will not see me; your eyes [are] upon me, but {I will be gone}.
9 A cloud vanishes, and it goes away, so [he who] goes down to Sheol will not come up.
10 He does not return again to his house, and his place does not recognize him again.
11 "Even I will not restrain my mouth; I will speak in my spirit's anguish; I will complain in my inner self's bitterness.
12 Am I [the] sea, or a sea monster, that you set a guard over me?
13 When I say, 'My bed will comfort me, and my couch will ease my complaint,'
14 then you terrify me with dreams, and with visions you terrify me.
15 So my inner self will choose strangling-- death more than my {existence}.
16 I loathe [my life]; I would not live forever; depart from me, for my days [are] a breath.
17 "What [is] a human being that you make him great and that {you fix your mind on him},
18 so that you visit him {every morning}, you test him {every moment}?
19 {How long} will you not turn away from me? [Or] not leave me alone until I swallow my spit?
20 [If] I have sinned, what have I done to you, watcher of humanity? Why have you made me as a target for yourself, so that I have become a burden to myself?
21 And why do you not pardon my transgression and take away my guilt? For now I shall lie in the dust, and you will seek me, but {I will be no more}."