1Isn’t mankind consigned to forced labor Jb 14:14; Is 40:2 on earth?
Are not his days like those of a hired hand?
2Like a slave he longs for shade;
like a hired man he waits for his pay.
3So I have been made to inherit months of futility,
and troubled nights have been assigned to me. Jb 30:17; Ps 6:6; 42:3
4When I lie down I think:
When will I get up?
But the evening drags on endlessly,
and I toss and turn until dawn.
5My flesh is clothed with maggots and encrusted with dirt. Or and dirty scabs
My skin forms scabs Lit skin hardens and then oozes. Dt 28:35; Ps 38:5; Is 1:6
6My days pass more swiftly than a weaver’s shuttle;
they come to an end without hope. Jb 14:19; 17:15; 19:10
7Remember that my life is but a breath.
My eye will never again see anything good. Jb 9:25; Ps 78:39; Jms 4:14
8The eye of anyone who looks on me
will no longer see me.
Your eyes will look for me, but I will be gone. Jb 7:21; 20:9; Ps 37:36
9As a cloud fades away and vanishes,
so the one who goes down to Sheol Jb 11:8; 14:13; 17:13,16 will never rise again.
10He will never return to his house;
his hometown will no longer remember Lit know him. Jb 8:18; 20:9; Ps 103:16
11Therefore I will not restrain my mouth.
I will speak in the anguish of my spirit;
I will complain in the bitterness of my soul.
12Am I the sea Or the sea god Jb 26:12; Ps 74:13 or a sea monster, Ps 148:7; Is 27:1; Ezk 32:2
that You keep me under guard?
13When I say: My bed will comfort me,
and my couch will ease my complaint,
14then You frighten me with dreams,
and terrify me with visions, Jb 4:13; 20:8; 33:15
15so that I prefer strangling Or suffocation —
death rather than life in this body. Lit than my bones 1Kg 19:4; Jb 3:21; Jnh 4:3
16I give up! I will not live forever.
Leave me alone, Jb 7:19; 10:20; Ps 39:13 for my days are a breath. Or are futile
17What is man, that You think so highly of him
and pay so much attention to him? Ps 8:4; 144:3; Heb 2:6
18You inspect him every morning,
and put him to the test every moment. Ps 17:3; 73:14; 139:23
19Will You ever look away from me,
or leave me alone long enough to swallow? Lit swallow my saliva?
20If I have sinned, what have I done to You,
Watcher of mankind?
Why have You made me Your target, Jb 16:12; Lm 3:12
so that I have become a burden to You? Ancient Jewish tradition, LXX; MT, Vg read myself
21Why not forgive my sin
and pardon my transgression? Jb 11:6; 13:23; 15:5
For soon I will lie down in the grave. Jb 17:16; 20:11; Is 26:19
You will eagerly seek me, but I will be gone. Jb 3:13; 7:8; Ps 37:36
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