NASB — Job 7 — KJV

Job’s Life Seems Futile

  1IIs not man aforced to labor on earth,
  And [are not] his days like the days of ba hired man?
  2 “As a slave who pants for the shade,
  And as a hired man who eagerly waits for his wages,
  3 So am I allotted months of vanity,
  And anights of trouble are appointed me.
  4 “When I alie down I say,
  ‘When shall I arise?’
  But the night continues,
  And I am Icontinually tossing until dawn.
  5 “My aflesh is clothed with worms and a crust of dirt,
  My skin hardens and runs.
  6 “My days are aswifter than a weaver’s shuttle,
  And come to an end bwithout hope.

[1] ILit Has not man compulsory labor aJb 5:7; 10:17; 14:1, 14 bJb 14:6
[3] aJb 16:7
[4] ILit sated with aDt 28:67; Jb 7:13, 14
[5] aJb 2:7; 17:14
[6] aJb 9:25 bJb 13:15; 14:19; 17:15, 16; 19:10

  7 ¶ “Remember that my life ais [but] breath;
  My eye will bnot again see good.
  8 “The aeye of him who sees me will behold me no longer;
  Your eyes [will be] on me, but bI will not be.
  9 “When a acloud vanishes, it is gone,
  So bhe who goes down to cSheol does not come up.
  10 “He will not return again to his house,
  Nor will ahis place know him anymore.

[7] aJb 7:16; Ps 78:39; Jm 4:14 bJb 9:25
[8] aJb 8:18; 20:9 bJb 7:21
[9] aJb 30:15 bJb 3:13-19 c2S 12:23; Jb 11:8; 14:13; 17:13, 16
[10] aJb 8:18; 20:9; 27:21, 23

  11 ¶ “Therefore aI 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 the sea, or athe sea monster,
  That You set a guard over me?
  13 “If I say, ‘aMy bed will comfort me,
  My couch will Iease my complaint,’
  14 Then You frighten me with dreams
  And terrify me by visions;
  15 So that my soul would choose suffocation,
  Death rather than my Ipains.
  16 “I Iawaste away; I will not live forever.
  Leave me alone, bfor my days are [but] a breath.
  17aWhat is man that You magnify him,
  And that You Iare concerned about him,
  18 That aYou examine him every morning
  And try him every moment?
  19IaWill You never turn Your gaze away from me,
  Nor let me alone until I swallow my spittle?
  20aHave I sinned? What have I done to You,
  O bwatcher of men?
  Why have You set me as Your target,
  So that I am a burden to myself?
  21 “Why then ado You not pardon my transgression
  And take away my iniquity?
  For now I will blie down in the dust;
  And You will seek me, cbut I will not be.”

[11] aJb 10:1; 21:4; 23:2; Ps 40:9
[12] aEzk 32:2, 3
[13] ILit bear aJb 7:4; Ps 6:6
[15] ILit bones
[16] IOr loathe aJb 6:9; 9:21; 10:1 bJb 7:7
[17] ILit set Your heart on aJb 22:2; Ps 8:4; 144:3; He 2:6
[18] aJb 14:3
[19] ILit How long will You not aJb 9:18; 10:20; 14:6
[20] aJb 35:3, 6 bPs 36:6
[21] aJb 9:28; 10:14 bJb 10:9 cJb 7:8


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Job excuseth his desire of death.

1 ¶ [Is there] not an appointed time to man upon earth? [are not] his days also like the days of an hireling? 2 As a servant earnestly desireth the shadow, and as an hireling looketh for [the reward of] his work: 3 So am I 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 unto the dawning of the day. 5 My flesh is clothed with worms and clods of dust; my skin is 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: mine eye shall no more see good. 8 The eye of him that hath seen me shall see me no [more]: thine eyes [are] upon me, and I [am] not. 9 [As] the cloud is consumed and vanisheth away: so he that goeth down to the grave shall come up no [more]. 10 He shall return no more to his house, neither shall his place know him any more. 11 Therefore I will not refrain my mouth; I will speak in the anguish of my spirit; I will complain in the bitterness of my soul.

[1] Lv 25:50; Dt 15:18; Jb 14:5, 6, 13; Ps 39:4; Ec 8:8; Is 21:16; 38:5; Mt 20:1; Jn 11:9.
[2] Lv 19:13; Dt 24:15; Ps 119:131; 143:6; Jr 6:4; Mal 3:5; Jm 5:4.
[3] Jb 29:2; Ps 6:6; 39:5; Ec 1:14.
[4] Dt 28:67; Jb 7:13; 17:12; 30:17; Ps 6:6; 77:4; 109:23; 130:6; Is 54:11.
[5] Jb 2:7; 9:31; 17:14; 19:26; 24:20; 30:18; Ps 38:5; Is 1:6; 14:11; 66:24; Ezk 20:43; Ac 12:23.
[6] Jb 6:11; 9:25; 16:22; 17:11, 15; Ps 90:5; 102:11; 103:15; 144:4; Pv 14:32; Is 38:12; 40:6; Jr 2:25; Ep 2:12; Jm 1:11; 4:14; 1P 1:13, 24.
[7] Gn 42:36; Ne 1:8; Jb 10:9, 21; Ps 74:18, 22; 78:39; 89:47, 50; Jr 15:15; Jm 4:14.
[8] Jb 7:21; 13:27; 14:3; 20:9; Ps 37:36; 39:11; 90:8.
[9] 2S 12:23; 14:14; Jb 10:21; 14:10; 16:22; 37:11; Ps 39:13; Is 38:11.
[10] Jb 8:18; 20:9; Ps 103:16.
[11] Gn 42:21; 1S 1:10; 2K 4:27; Jb 6:26; 10:1, 15; 13:13; 16:6; 21:3, 25; Ps 39:3; 40:9; Is 38:15, 17; Mt 26:37; Lk 22:44; 2Co 2:4.

He complaineth of his own restlessness,

12 [Am] I a sea, or a whale, that thou settest a watch over me? 13 When I say, My bed shall comfort me, my couch shall ease my complaint; 14 Then thou scarest me with dreams, and terrifiest me through visions: 15 So that my soul chooseth strangling, [and] death rather than my life. 16 I loathe [it]; I would not live alway: let me alone; for my days [are] vanity.

[12] Jb 7:17; 38:6; 41:1; Lm 3:7.
[13] Jb 7:3; 9:27; Ps 6:6; 77:4.
[14] Gn 40:5; 41:8; Jg 7:13; Dn 2:1; Mt 27:19.
[15] 2S 17:23; Mt 27:5.
[16] Gn 27:46; 1K 19:4; Jb 3:20; 6:9; 10:1, 20; 14:6; Ps 39:10, 13; 62:9; 78:33; 144:4; Ec 6:11; Jna 4:3, 8.

and God's watchfulness.

17 What [is] man, that thou shouldest magnify him? and that thou shouldest set thine heart upon him? 18 And [that] thou shouldest visit him every morning, [and] try him every moment? 19 How long wilt thou not depart from me, nor let me alone till I swallow down my spittle? 20 I have sinned; what shall I do unto thee, O thou preserver of men? why hast thou set me as a mark against thee, so that I am a burden to myself? 21 And why dost thou not pardon my transgression, and take away mine iniquity? for now shall I sleep in the dust; and thou shalt seek me in the morning, but I [shall] not [be].

[17] 1S 24:14; Jb 7:12; 34:14; Ps 8:4; 144:3; He 2:6.
[18] Gn 22:1; Ex 20:5; 32:34; Dt 8:16; Is 26:14; 38:12; Jr 9:7; Dn 12:10; Zc 13:9; 1P 1:7.
[19] Jb 9:18; Ps 6:3; 13:1; 94:3; Rv 6:10.
[20] Ne 9:6; Jb 3:24; 6:4; 7:11, 12; 9:29; 13:26; 14:16; 16:12; 22:5; 31:33; 33:9, 27; Ps 21:12; 36:6; 80:4; Lm 3:12.
[21] 2S 24:10; Jb 3:13; 7:18; 10:14; 13:23; 17:14; 21:32; Ps 37:36; 103:15; Ec 12:7; Is 26:19; 64:9; Lm 3:42; 5:20; Dn 12:2; Ho 14:2; Mi 7:18; Jn 1:29; Tit 2:14; 1Jn 1:9; 3:5.


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