Job: My Suffering Is Comfortless
1“Is there not #(Job 14:5, 13, 14); Ps. 39:4a time of hard service for man on earth?
Are not his days also like the days of a hired man?
2Like a servant who earnestly desires the shade,
And like a hired man who eagerly looks for his wages,
3So I have been allotted #(Job 15:31)months of futility,
And wearisome nights have been appointed to me.
4#Deut. 28:67; Job 7:13, 14When I lie down, I say, ‘When shall I arise,
And the night be ended?’
For I have had my fill of tossing till dawn.
5My flesh is #Is. 14:11caked with worms and dust,
My skin is cracked and breaks out afresh.
6“My#Job 9:25; 16:22; 17:11; Is. 38:12; (James 4:14) days are swifter than a weaver’s shuttle,
And are spent without hope.
7Oh, remember that #Job 7:16; Ps. 78:39; 89:47my life is a breath!
My eye will never again see good.
8#Job 8:18; 20:9The eye of him who sees me will see me no more;
While your eyes are upon me, I shall no longer be.
9As the cloud disappears and vanishes away,
So #2 Sam. 12:23he who goes down to the grave does not come up.
10He shall never return to his house,
#Ps. 103:16Nor shall his place know him anymore.
11“Therefore I will #Ps. 39:1, 9not restrain my mouth;
I will speak in the anguish of my spirit;
I will #1 Sam. 1:10complain in the bitterness of my soul.
12Am I a sea, or a sea serpent,
That You set a guard over me?
13#Job 9:27When I say, ‘My bed will comfort me,
My couch will ease my complaint,’
14Then You scare me with dreams
And terrify me with visions,
15So that my soul chooses strangling
And death rather than my body.
16#Job 10:1I loathe my life;
I would not live forever.
#Job 14:6Let me alone,
For #Ps. 62:9my days are but a breath.
17“What#Job 22:2; Ps. 8:4; 144:3; Heb. 2:6 is man, that You should exalt him,
That You should set Your heart on him,
18That You should visit him every morning,
And test him every moment?
Will You not look away from me,
And let me alone till I swallow my saliva?
20Have I sinned?
What have I done to You, #Ps. 36:6O watcher of men?
Why #Ps. 21:12have You set me as Your target,
So that I am a burden to myself?
21Why then do You not pardon my transgression,
And take away my iniquity?
For now I will lie down in the dust,
And You will seek me diligently,
But I will no longer be.”