7 Why is life so hard? Why do we suffer? 2 We are slaves in search of shade; we are laborers longing for our wages. 3 God has made my days drag on and my nights miserable. 4 I pray for night to end, but it stretches out while I toss and turn. 5 My parched skin is covered with worms, dirt, and sores, 6 and my days are running out quicker than the thread of a fast-moving needle.
7 I beg you, God, don’t forget! My life is just a breath, and trouble lies ahead. 8 I will vanish from sight, and no one, including you, will ever see me again. 9 I will disappear in the grave or vanish from sight like a passing cloud. 10 Never will I return home; soon I will be forgotten.
11 And so, I cry out to you in agony and distress. 12 Am I the sea or a sea monster? Is that why you imprison me?[a] 13 I go to bed, hoping for rest, 14 but you torture me with terrible dreams. 15 I’d rather choke to death than live in this body. 16 Leave me alone and let me die; my life has no meaning. 17 What makes you so concerned about us humans? 18 Why do you test us from sunrise to sunset? 19 Won’t you look away just long enough for me to swallow? 20 Why do you watch us so closely? What’s it to you, if I sin? Why am I your target and such a heavy burden? 21 Why do you refuse to forgive? Soon you won’t find me, because I’ll be dead.
7.12sea monster. . . imprison me: “Sea monster” translates the Hebrew word “Tannin,” which was possibly a sea monster similar to Leviathan (3.8), Rahab (9.13), and Behemoth (40.15). According to 38.8-11, God makes the sea his prisoner by setting its boundaries.
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