English Revised Version

Job 7

Job excuseth his desire of death.

Job 7:1 Is there not a warfare to man upon earth? and are not his days like the days of an hireling? Job 7:2 As a servant that earnestly desireth the shadow, and as an hireling that looketh for his wages: Job 7:3 So am I made to possess months of vanity, and wearisome nights are appointed to me. Job 7:4 When I lie down, I say, When shall I arise? but the night is long; and I am full of tossings to and fro unto the dawning of the day. Job 7:5 My flesh is clothed with worms and clods of dust; my skin closeth up and breaketh out afresh. Job 7:6 My days are swifter than a weaver's shuttle, and are spent without hope. Job 7:7 Oh remember that my life is wind: mine eye shall no more see good. Job 7:8 The eye of him that seeth me shall behold me no more: thine eyes shall be upon me, but I shall not be. Job 7:9 As the cloud is consumed and vanisheth away, so he that goeth down to Sheol shall come up no more. Job 7:10 He shall return no more to his house, neither shall his place know him any more. Job 7:11 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.

He complaineth of his own restlessness,

Job 7:12 Am I a sea, or a sea-monster, that thou settest a watch over me? Job 7:13 When I say, My bed shall comfort me, my couch shall ease my complaint; Job 7:14 Then thou scarest me with dreams, and terrifiest me through visions: Job 7:15 So that my soul chooseth strangling, and death rather than [these] my bones. Job 7:16 I loathe [my life]; I would not live alway: let me alone; for my days are vanity.

and God's watchfulness.

Job 7:17 What is man, that thou shouldest magnify him, and that thou shouldest set thine heart upon him, Job 7:18 And that thou shouldest visit him every morning, and try him every moment? Job 7:19 How long wilt thou not look away from me, nor let me alone till I swallow down my spittle? Job 7:20 If I have sinned, what do I unto thee, O thou watcher of men? why hast thou set me as a mark for thee, so that I am a burden to myself? Job 7:21 And why dost thou not pardon my transgression, and take away mine iniquity? for now shall I lie down in the dust; and thou shall seek me diligently, but I shall not be.

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