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Job 7

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 1 [Job still speaking] "Is there not an appointed time of hard service for man upon earth? Are not his days like the days of a hireling?

 2 As a servant earnestly desires the shadow, and as a hireling looks for the reward of his work;

 3 So I am allotted months of futility, and nights of anguish are appointed to me.

 4 When I lie down, I say, 'When shall I arise, and the night be gone?' Then I am full of tossings to and fro to the dawning of the day.

 5 My flesh is clothed with worms and clods of dust; my skin is broken and has become loathsome.

 6 My days are swifter than a weaver's shuttle, and are spent without hope.

 7 O remember that my life is wind; my eye shall see good no more.

 8 The eye of him who has seen me, shall see me no more; while your eyes are upon me, I will no longer be.

 9 As the cloud is consumed and vanishes away, so he who goes down to the grave shall come up no more.

 10 He shall no longer return to his house, neither shall his place know him any more.

 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.

 12 Am I a sea, or a whale, that you set a watch over me?

 13 When I say, 'My bed shall comfort me, my couch shall ease my complaints;'

 14 Then you scare me with dreams, and terrify me through visions;1

 15 So that my soul chooses strangling and death rather than my life.

 16 I loathe it; I would not live forever. Leave me alone, for my days are but a breath.

 17 What is man, that you should magnify him? And that you should set your heart upon him?

 18 And that you should visit him every morning, and try him every moment?

 19 How long will you not depart from me, nor let me alone until I swallow down my spittle?

 20 If I have sinned, what have I done to you, O you preserver of men? Why have you set me as a target for you, so that I am a burden to myself and you?

 21 And why do you not pardon my transgression and take away my iniquity? For now I shall sleep in the dust; and you shall seek me in the morning, but I shall not be there."

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1 Then you scare me with dreams, and terrify me through visions. When a man is afflicted by the demons, with the permission of God, the demons serve a steady diet of profanity, sexual imagery, replaying any of your past failures, terrifying nightmares, and countless visions.


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