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Job 7 :: New American Standard Bible 2020 (NASB20)

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Job’s Life Seems Futile

Unchecked Copy BoxJob 7:1 - [fn]Is a person not forced to labor on earth,
And are his days not like the days of a hired worker?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 7:2 - “As a slave pants for the shade,
And as a hired worker who eagerly waits for his wages,
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 7:3 - So I am allotted worthless months,
And nights of trouble are apportioned to me.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 7:4 - “When I lie down, I say,
‘When shall I arise?’
But the night continues,
And I am continually tossing until dawn.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 7:5 - “My flesh is clothed with maggots and a crust of dirt,
My skin hardens and [fn]oozes.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 7:6 - “My days are swifter than a weaver’s shuttle,
And they come to an end without hope.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 7:7 - “Remember that my life is a mere breath;
My eye will not see goodness again.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 7:8 - “The eye of him who sees me will no longer look at me;
Your eyes will be on me, but I will not exist.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 7:9 - “When a cloud vanishes, it is gone;
In the same way one who goes down to [fn]Sheol does not come up.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 7:10 - “He will not return to his house again,
Nor will his place know about 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 the sea monster,
That You set a guard over me?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 7:13 - “If I say, ‘My couch will comfort me,
My bed will [fn]ease my complaint,’
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 7:14 - Then You frighten me with dreams,
And terrify me by visions,
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 7:15 - So that my soul would choose suffocation,
Death rather than my [fn]pains.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 7:16 - “I [fn]waste away; I will not live forever.
Leave me alone, for my days are only a breath.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 7:17 - “What is man that You exalt him,
And that You [fn]are concerned about him,
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 7:18 - That You examine him every morning
And put him to the test every moment?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 7:19 - [fn]Will You never turn Your gaze away from me,
Nor leave me alone until I swallow my spittle?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 7:20 - “Have I sinned? What have I done to You,
Watcher of mankind?
Why have You made me Your target,
So that I am a burden to myself?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 7:21 - “Why then do You not forgive my wrongdoing
And take away my [fn]guilt?
For now I will lie down in the dust;
And You will search for me, but I will no longer exist.”
NASB20 Footnotes
Lit Has not man compulsory labor
Lit melts
I.e., the netherworld
Lit bear
Lit bones
Or loathe
Lit set Your heart on
Lit How long will You not
Or unjust deed

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