Job 7:1-21 NIV

Job 7:1-21 NIV [1] "Do not mortals have hard service on earth? Are not their days like those of hired laborers? [2] Like a slave longing for the evening shadows, or a hired laborer waiting to be paid, [3] so I have been allotted months of futility, and nights of misery have been assigned to me. [4] When I lie down I think, 'How long before I get up?' The night drags on, and I toss and turn until dawn. [5] My body is clothed with worms and scabs, my skin is broken and festering. [6] "My days are swifter than a weaver's shuttle, and they come to an end without hope. [7] Remember, O God, that my life is but a breath; my eyes will never see happiness again. [8] The eye that now sees me will see me no longer; you will look for me, but I will be no more. [9] As a cloud vanishes and is gone, so one who goes down to the grave does not return. [10] He will never come to his house again; his place will know him no more. [11] "Therefore I will not keep silent; I will speak out in the anguish of my spirit, I will complain in the bitterness of my soul. [12] Am I the sea, or the monster of the deep, that you put me under guard? [13] When I think my bed will comfort me and my couch will ease my complaint, [14] even then you frighten me with dreams and terrify me with visions, [15] so that I prefer strangling and death, rather than this body of mine. [16] I despise my life; I would not live forever. Let me alone; my days have no meaning. [17] "What is mankind that you make so much of them, that you give them so much attention, [18] that you examine them every morning and test them every moment? [19] Will you never look away from me, or let me alone even for an instant? [20] If I have sinned, what have I done to you, you who see everything we do? Why have you made me your target? Have I become a burden to you? [21] Why do you not pardon my offenses and forgive my sins? For I will soon lie down in the dust; you will search for me, but I will be no more."

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