11 “Therefore I will not keep silent;(A)
    I will speak out in the anguish(B) of my spirit,
    I will complain(C) in the bitterness of my soul.(D)
12 Am I the sea,(E) or the monster of the deep,(F)
    that you put me under guard?(G)
13 When I think my bed will comfort me
    and my couch will ease my complaint,(H)
14 even then you frighten me with dreams
    and terrify(I) me with visions,(J)
15 so that I prefer strangling and death,(K)
    rather than this body of mine.(L)
16 I despise my life;(M) I would not live forever.(N)
    Let me alone;(O) my days have no meaning.(P)

17 “What is mankind that you make so much of them,
    that you give them so much attention,(Q)
18 that you examine them every morning(R)
    and test them(S) every moment?(T)
19 Will you never look away from me,(U)
    or let me alone even for an instant?(V)
20 If I have sinned, what have I done to you,(W)
    you who see everything we do?
Why have you made me your target?(X)
    Have I become a burden to you?[a](Y)
21 Why do you not pardon my offenses
    and forgive my sins?(Z)
For I will soon lie down in the dust;(AA)
    you will search for me, but I will be no more.”(AB)

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Footnotes

  1. Job 7:20 A few manuscripts of the Masoretic Text, an ancient Hebrew scribal tradition and Septuagint; most manuscripts of the Masoretic Text I have become a burden to myself.

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