7 “·People have [L Do not people have…?] a hard ·task [service] on earth, and their days are like those of a [L hired] laborer [C hard work with little profit]. 2 They are like a ·slave [servant] ·wishing [L panting] for the evening shadows, like a [L hired] laborer waiting to be paid. 3 But I ·am given [L inherit] months that are ·empty [vain; futile], and nights of ·misery [or toil] have been ·given [L allotted] to me. 4 When I lie down, I think, ‘How long until I get up?’ The night is long, and I toss until dawn. 5 My body is covered with worms and ·scabs [L clods of dust/dirt], and my skin ·is broken and full of sores [L crusts over and oozes].
6 “My days go by faster than a weaver’s ·tool [shuttle], and they come to an end without hope. 7 Remember, God, that my life is only a breath. My eyes will never see happy times again. 8 ·Those who [L The eyes that] see me now will see me no more; you will look for me, but I will ·be gone [L be no more; not exist]. 9 As a cloud ·disappears [fades] and is gone, people go to ·the grave [L Sheol; C the grave or the underworld] and never return. 10 They will never come back to their houses again, and their places will not know them anymore.
11 “So I will not ·stay quiet [L restrain my mouth]; I will speak out in the ·suffering [distress; L pinch] of my spirit. I will ·complain [groan] ·because I am so unhappy [L in the bitterness of my soul]. 12 ·I am not [L Am I…?] ·the sea [L Yam] or ·the sea monster [L Tannin; C Yam and Tannin are legendary sea monsters representing chaos]. ·So why have you […that you] set a guard over me? 13 Sometimes I think my bed will comfort me or that my couch will ·stop my complaint [ease my groans]. 14 Then you ·frighten [terrorize] me with dreams and ·terrify [scare] me with visions. 15 My throat prefers to be choked; my bones welcome death. 16 I ·hate [L reject] my life; I don’t want to live forever. Leave me alone, because my days have no meaning.
17 “Why do you make people so important and ·give them so much attention [L set your heart on them; C contrast Ps. 8:4]? 18 You ·examine [visit] them every morning and test them ·every moment [all the time]. 19 Will you never look away from me or leave me alone even long enough to swallow [L my saliva]? 20 If I have sinned, what have I done to you, you watcher of humans? Why have you made me your target? Have I become a ·heavy load [burden] for you? 21 Why don’t you ·pardon [forgive] my ·wrongs [transgressions] and ·forgive my sins [carry away my guilt]? I will soon lie down in the dust of death. Then you will ·search [look] for me, but I will be no more.”
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