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Job: Chapter 7

Job excuses his desire of death, 1-11. He complains of his own restlessness and expostulates with God, 12-21.

1 "Is there not an appointed time for man upon earth? Are his days not also like the days of a hireling?

2 As a servant earnestly desires the shadow, and as a hireling looks for the reward of his work,

3 So I am made to possess months of vanity, and wearisome nights are appointed to me.

4 When I lie down, I say, 'When shall I arise and the night be gone?' And I am full of tossings to and fro to the dawning of the day.

5 My flesh is clothed with worms and clods of dust. My skin has broken and become loathsome.

6 My days are swifter than a weaver's shuttle and are spent without hope.

7 O remember that my life is wind. My eye will no longer see good.

8 The eye of him who has seen me shall see me no more. Your eyes are upon me and I shall not be.

9 As the cloud is consumed and vanishes away, so he who goes down to the grave shall come up no more.

10 He shall no longer return to his house, neither shall his place know him anymore.

11 Therefore, I will not restrain my mouth. I will speak in the anguish of my spirit. I will complain in the bitterness of my soul.

12 Am I a sea or a whale that you set a watch over me?

13 When I say, 'My bed shall comfort me. My couch shall ease my complaint,'

14 You scare me with dreams and terrify me through visions,

15 So that my soul chooses strangling and death rather than my life.

16 I loathe it. I would not live always. Leave me alone, for my days are vanity.

17 What is man that you should magnify him, that you should set your heart upon him,

18 And that you should visit him every morning and try him every moment?

19 How long will you not depart from me, nor leave me alone until I swallow my spittle?

20 I have sinned. What shall I do to you, O you preserver of men? Why have you set me as a mark against you so that I am a burden to myself?

21 And why do you not pardon my transgression and take away my iniquity? For now I shall sleep in the dust. And you shall seek me in the morning, but I shall not be."