Job

Job 7 ©

1Job excuseth his desire of death by representing the extreme restlessness of his condition: 17he expostulateth with God for so severely visiting him.

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IS athere not 1an appointed time to man upon earth? are not his days also blike the days of an hireling?

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As a servant earnestly 2desireth cthe shadow, and as an hireling dlooketh for the reward of his work:

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So am I made to possess emonths of vanity, and wearisome nights are appointed to me.

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fWhen I lie down, I say, When shall I arise, and 3the night be gone? and I am full of tossings to and fro unto the dawning of the day.

f De. 28.67. Ps. 6.6; 77.2-4. ch. 17.12.
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gMy flesh is clothed with hworms and clods of dust; my skin is broken, and become loathsome.

h ch. 2.7.
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iMy days are swifter than a weaver's shuttle, and are spent jwithout hope.

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O remember that my life is kwind: lmine eye 4shall no more 5see good.

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The eye of him that hath seen me shall see mme no more: nthine eyes are upon me, and 6I am not.

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As the cloud is consumed and vanisheth away: oso he that goeth down to the grave shall come up no more.

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He pshall return no more to his house, qneither shall his place know him any more.

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Therefore I rwill not refrain my mouth; I will speak in the anguish of my spirit; I will scomplain in the bitterness of my soul.

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tAm I a sea, or a whale, that thou settest a watch over me?

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When I say, uMy bed shall comfort me, my couch shall ease my complaint;

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Then thou vscarest me with dreams, and terrifiest me through visions:

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So that my soul wchooseth strangling, and death rather than my 7life.

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I loathe it; I would not live alway: xlet me alone; for my days are yvanity.

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zWhat is man, that thou shouldest magnify him? and that thou shouldest set thine heart upon him?

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And that thou shouldest avisit him bevery morning, and ctry him every moment?

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dHow long wilt thou not depart from me, nor let me alone till I swallow down my spittle?

d Ps. 39.10; 13.1-3; 80.4. ch. 9.18.
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I ehave sinned; what shall I do unto thee, O thou preserver of men? fwhy hast thou set me as a gmark against thee, so that I am a burden to myself?

f Ps. 21.12. ch. 6.12. La. 3.12. v.12,14-16.
g ch. 16.12.
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And hwhy dost thou not pardon my transgression, and take away imine iniquity? for now shall I jsleep in the dust; and kthou shalt seek me in the morning, but I lshall not be.

k v.10. ch. 8.5; 24.5.