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Job 7

Job 7:1  
Has not man his ordered time of trouble on the earth? and are not his days like the days of a servant working for payment?

Job 7:2  
As a servant desiring the shades of evening, and a workman looking for his payment:

Job 7:3  
So I have for my heritage months of pain to no purpose, and nights of weariness are given to me.

Job 7:4  
When I go to my bed, I say, When will it be time to get up? but the night is long, and I am turning from side to side till morning light.

Job 7:5  
My flesh is covered with worms and dust; my skin gets hard and then is cracked again.

Job 7:6  
My days go quicker than the cloth-worker's thread, and come to an end without hope.

Job 7:7  
O, keep in mind that my life is wind: my eye will never again see good.

Job 7:8  
The eye of him who sees me will see me no longer: your eyes will be looking for me, but I will be gone.

Job 7:9  
A cloud comes to an end and is gone; so he who goes down into the underworld comes not up again.

Job 7:10  
He will not come back to his house, and his place will have no more knowledge of him.

Job 7:11  
So I will not keep my mouth shut; I will let the words come from it in the pain of my spirit, my soul will make a bitter outcry.

Job 7:12  
Am I a sea, or a sea-beast, that you put a watch over me?

Job 7:13  
When I say, In my bed I will have comfort, there I will get rest from my disease;

Job 7:14  
Then you send dreams to me, and visions of fear;

Job 7:15  
So that a hard death seems better to my soul than my pains.

Job 7:16  
I have no desire for life, I would not be living for ever! Keep away from me, for my days are as a breath.

Job 7:17  
What is man, that you have made him great, and that your attention is fixed on him,

Job 7:18  
And that your hand is on him every morning, and that you are testing him every minute?

Job 7:19  
How long will it be before your eyes are turned away from me, so that I may have a minute's breathing-space?

Job 7:20  
If I have done wrong, what have I done to you, O keeper of men? why have you made me a mark for your blows, so that I am a weariness to myself?

Job 7:21  
And why do you not take away my sin, and let my wrongdoing be ended? for now I go down to the dust, and you will be searching for me with care, but I will be gone.

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