Job’s Life Seems Futile1 ▼
▼ Lit Has not man compulsory labor“Is not man b forced to labor on earth,
And are not his days like the days of c a 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 d nights of trouble are appointed me.
4 “When I e lie down I say,
‘When shall I arise?’
But the night continues,
And I am ▼
▼ Lit sated withcontinually tossing until dawn.
5 “My g flesh is clothed with worms and a crust of dirt,
My skin hardens and runs.
6 “My days are h swifter than a weaver’s shuttle,
And come to an end i without hope.
7 “Remember that my life j is but breath;
My eye will k not again see good.
8 “The l eye of him who sees me will behold me no longer;
Your eyes will be on me, but m I will not be.
9 “When a n cloud vanishes, it is gone,
So o he who goes down to p Sheol does not come up.
10 “He will not return again to his house,
Nor will q his place know him anymore.
11 “Therefore r 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 the sea, or s the sea monster,
That You set a guard over me?
13 “If I say, ‘ t My bed will comfort me,
My couch will ▼
▼ Lit bearease 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 ▼
▼ Lit bonespains.
16 “I ▼
▼ Or loathe, x waste away; I will not live forever.
Leave me alone y for my days are but a breath.
17 z “What is man that You magnify him,
And that You ▼
▼ Lit set Your heart onare concerned about him,
18 That ab You examine him every morning
And try him every moment?
▼ Lit How long will You not, ad “Will You never turn Your gaze away from me,
Nor let me alone until I swallow my spittle?
20 ae “Have I sinned? What have I done to You,
O af watcher of men?
Why have You set me as Your target,
So that I am a burden to myself?
21 “Why then ag do You not pardon my transgression
And take away my iniquity?
For now I will ah lie down in the dust;
And You will seek me, ai but I will not be.”
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