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Isn’t man’s time on earth like being compelled to serve in the army? Aren’t his days like those of a hired man?
Like a slave, he longs for shade,
or like a day laborer, he waits for his pay.
In the same way, I have been allotted months of futility,
and nights of agony have been assigned to me.
When I lie down, I think, “How long before I get up?”
But the night drags on,
and I am filled with restlessness until dawn.
My flesh is clothed with maggots and caked with dirt.
My skin scabs over and then oozes again.
My days pass by more swiftly than the shuttle of a weaver’s loom.
They come to an end without hope.

Job Addresses God

Remember that my life is just a breath.[a]
My eyes will never again see good fortune.

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  1. Job 7:7 This verse begins a new section of Job’s speech. For the rest of the chapter, Job is no longer speaking to Eliphaz, Bildad, and Zophar, but directly to God. This happens often in Job’s speeches.