Job 7

1 “People need to work hard on this earth, like soldiers do; all during the time that we are alive, we work hard [RHQ], like laborers/servants do. 2 We are like [SIM] slaves who keep wanting to be in the cool shade, and we are like [SIM] workers who are waiting to be paid. 3 God has given me many months [in which I think that it is] useless [to remain alive]; he has allotted/given to me many nights during which I feel miserable. 4 When I lie down [at night] I say, ‘How long will it be until morning?’ But nights are long, and I (toss/turn over and over) [on my bed] until dawn. 5 My body is covered with maggots and scabs; pus oozes out of my open sores. 6 My days pass as quickly as a weaver’s (shuttle/stick that takes the thread back and forth), and they end without my confidently expecting [that things will be better the next day]. 7 God, do not forget that my life is [as short as] a breath [MET]; I [think that] I [SYN] will never again be happy. 8 God, you [SYN] see me now, but [some day] you will not see me any more. You will search for me, but I will be gone [because I will be dead]. 9 Like [SIM] clouds (disperse/break up) and then disappear, people [die and] descend to the place where dead people are, and they do not return; (Sheol h7585) 10 they never return to their houses, and people among whom they lived do not remember them any more. 11 So, I will not be silent; while I am suffering I will speak; I will complain [to God about what has happened to me] because I [SYN] am very angry. 12 [God, ] why do you watch closely what I am doing? [Do you think that] I am a [dangerous] sea monster? 13 When [I lie down at night, ] I think, ‘I will be comforted here on my bed; my pain will be less while I am sleeping.’ 14 But then you give me dreams that cause me to be afraid; you give me visions that terrify me, 15 with the result that I would prefer to be strangled to death than to continue to [be alive] being only a bunch of bones. 16 I detest continuing to be alive; I do not want to live for many years [HYP]. Allow me to be alone, [because I will be alive] for only a very short remaining time [HYP]. 17 “We human beings are not [very important]; so, why do you pay a lot of attention to us [DOU]? 18 You look at us every morning [to see what we are doing], and examine us every moment [to see if we are doing what is right]. 19 (When will you stop looking at me and leave me alone [for a little time], long enough to swallow my spit?/Please stop looking at me and leave me alone [for a little time], long enough to swallow my spit.) [RHQ] 20 [Why do] you watch me constantly? If I sin, that certainly does not harm you! Why have you set me up like a target to shoot at? Do you consider me to be a heavy load that you are forced to carry? 21 [If I have sinned, ] are you not able to forgive me for my sins— the things that I have done that are wrong? Soon I will lie in my grave; you will search for me, but [you will not find me because] I will be [dead and] gone.”