The Book of Job 7:1-21
1 – “Isn’t a man forced to labor on earth? Aren’t his days like the days of a hired hand?
2 – As a servant who earnestly desires the shadow, as a hireling who looks for his wages,
3 – so am I made to possess months of misery, wearisome nights are appointed to me.
4 – When I lie down, I say,’When shall I arise, and the night be gone? ‘I toss and turn until the dawning of the day.
5 – My flesh is clothed with worms and clods of dust. My skin closes up, and breaks out afresh.
6 – My days are swifter than a weaver’s shuttle, and are spent without hope.
7 – Oh remember that my life is a breath. My eye shall no more see good.
8 – The eye of him who sees me shall see me no more. Your eyes shall be on me, but I shall not be.
9 – As the cloud is consumed and vanishes away, so he who goes down to Sheol shall come up no more.
10 – He shall return no more to his house, neither shall his place know him any more.
11 – “Therefore I will not keep silent. I will speak in the anguish of my spirit. I will complain in the bitterness of my soul.
12 – Am I a sea, or a sea monster,that you put a guard over me?
13 – When I say, ‘My bed shall comfort me. My couch shall ease my complaint;’
14 – then you scare me with dreams, and terrify me through visions:
15 – so that my soul chooses strangling, death rather than my bones.
16 – I loathe my life. I don’t want to live forever. Leave me alone, for my days are but a breath.
17 – What is man, that you should magnify him, that you should set your mind on him,
18 – that you should visit him every morning, and test him every moment?
19 – How long will you not look away from me, nor leave me alone until I swallow down my spittle?
20 – If I have sinned, what do I do to you, you watcher of men? Why have you set me as a mark for you, so that I am a burden to myself?
21 – Why do you not pardon my disobedience, and take away my iniquity? For now shall I lie down in the dust. You will seek me diligently, but I shall not be.”