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Job 7 :: English Standard Version (ESV)

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Job Continues: My Life Has No Hope

Unchecked Copy BoxJob 7:1 - “Has not man a hard service on earth,
and are not his days like the days of a hired hand?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 7:2 - Like a slave who longs for the shadow,
and like a hired hand who looks for his wages,
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 7:3 - so I am allotted months of emptiness,
and nights of misery are apportioned to me.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 7:4 - When I lie down I say, ‘When shall I arise?’
But the night is long,
and I am full of tossing till the dawn.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 7:5 - My flesh is clothed with worms and dirt;
my skin hardens, then breaks out afresh.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 7:6 - My days are swifter than a weaver’s shuttle
and come to their end without hope.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 7:7 - “Remember that my life is a breath;
my eye will never again see good.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 7:8 - The eye of him who sees me will behold me no more;
while your eyes are on me, I shall be gone.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 7:9 - As the cloud fades and vanishes,
so he who goes down to Sheol does not come up;
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 7:10 - he returns no more to his house,
nor does his place know him anymore.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 7:11 - “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.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 7:12 - Am I the sea, or a sea monster,
that you set a guard over me?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 7:13 - When I say, ‘My bed will comfort me,
my couch will ease my complaint,’
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 7:14 - then you scare me with dreams
and terrify me with visions,
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 7:15 - so that I would choose strangling
and death rather than my bones.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 7:16 - I loathe my life; I would not live forever.
Leave me alone, for my days are a breath.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 7:17 - What is man, that you make so much of him,
and that you set your heart on him,
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 7:18 - visit him every morning
and test him every moment?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 7:19 - How long will you not look away from me,
nor leave me alone till I swallow my spit?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 7:20 - If I sin, what do I do to you, you watcher of mankind?
Why have you made me your mark?
Why have I become a burden to you?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 7:21 - Why do you not pardon my transgression
and take away my iniquity?
For now I shall lie in the earth;
you will seek me, but I shall not be.”

The Holy Bible, English Standard Version copyright © 2001, 2007, 2011, 2016 by Crossway Books and Bibles, a Publishing Ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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