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Job 7 :: New Living Translation (NLT)

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Unchecked Copy BoxJob 7:1 - “Is not all human life a struggle?
Our lives are like that of a hired hand,
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 7:2 - like a worker who longs for the shade,
like a servant waiting to be paid.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 7:3 - I, too, have been assigned months of futility,
long and weary nights of misery.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 7:4 - Lying in bed, I think, ‘When will it be morning?’
But the night drags on, and I toss till dawn.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 7:5 - My body is covered with maggots and scabs.
My skin breaks open, oozing with pus.
Job Cries Out to God
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 7:6 - “My days fly faster than a weaver’s shuttle.
They end without hope.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 7:7 - O God, remember that my life is but a breath,
and I will never again feel happiness.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 7:8 - You see me now, but not for long.
You will look for me, but I will be gone.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 7:9 - Just as a cloud dissipates and vanishes,
those who die[fn] will not come back.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 7:10 - They are gone forever from their home—
never to be seen again.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 7:11 - “I cannot keep from speaking.
I must express my anguish.
My bitter soul must complain.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 7:12 - Am I a sea monster or a dragon
that you must place me under guard?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 7:13 - I think, ‘My bed will comfort me,
and sleep will ease my misery,’
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 7:14 - but then you shatter me with dreams
and terrify me with visions.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 7:15 - I would rather be strangled—
rather die than suffer like this.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 7:16 - I hate my life and don’t want to go on living.
Oh, leave me alone for my few remaining days.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 7:17 - “What are people, that you should make so much of us,
that you should think of us so often?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 7:18 - For you examine us every morning
and test us every moment.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 7:19 - Why won’t you leave me alone,
at least long enough for me to swallow!
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 7:20 - If I have sinned, what have I done to you,
O watcher of all humanity?
Why make me your target?
Am I a burden to you?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 7:21 - Why not just forgive my sin
and take away my guilt?
For soon I will lie down in the dust and die.
When you look for me, I will be gone.”
NLT Footnotes
Hebrew who go down to Sheol.

Holy Bible, New Living Translation copyright © 1996, 2004, 2007 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.

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For more information on this translation, see the NLT Preface.

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