Job 7

Job 7:1  
“Isn’t a man forced to labor on earth? Aren’t his days like the days of a hired hand?

Job 7:2  
As a servant who earnestly desires the shadow, as a hireling who looks for his wages,

Job 7:3  
so I am made to possess months of misery, wearisome nights are appointed to me.

Job 7:4  
When I lie down, I say, ‘When will I arise, and the night be gone?’ I toss and turn until the dawning of the day.

Job 7:5  
My flesh is clothed with worms and clods of dust. My skin closes up, and breaks out afresh.

Job 7:6  
My days are swifter than a weaver’s shuttle, and are spent without hope.

Job 7:7  
Oh remember that my life is a breath. My eye will no more see good.

Job 7:8  
The eye of him who sees me will see me no more. Your eyes will be on me, but I will not be.

Job 7:9  
As the cloud is consumed and vanishes away, so he who goes down to Sheol will come up no more.

Job 7:10  
He will return no more to his house, neither will his place know him any more.

Job 7:11  
“Therefore I will not keep silent. I will speak in the anguish of my spirit. I will complain in the bitterness of my soul.

Job 7:12  
Am I a sea, or a sea monster, that you put a guard over me?

Job 7:13  
When I say, ‘My bed will comfort me. My couch will ease my complaint,’

Job 7:14  
then you scare me with dreams and terrify me through visions,

Job 7:15  
so that my soul chooses strangling, death rather than my bones.

Job 7:16  
I loathe my life. I don’t want to live forever. Leave me alone, for my days are but a breath.

Job 7:17  
What is man, that you should magnify him, that you should set your mind on him,

Job 7:18  
that you should visit him every morning, and test him every moment?

Job 7:19  
How long will you not look away from me, nor leave me alone until I swallow down my spittle?

Job 7:20  
If I have sinned, what do I do to you, you watcher of men? Why have you set me as a mark for you, so that I am a burden to myself?

Job 7:21  
Why do you not pardon my disobedience, and take away my iniquity? For now will I lie down in the dust. You will seek me diligently, but I will not be.”

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