Job's Second Speech: A Response To Eliphaz

1 Is there not a warfare to man upon earth? And are not his days like the days of a hireling?

1 "Is not man forced to labor on earth, And are not his days like the days of a hired man?

1 Is there not an appointed time to man upon earth? are not his days also like the days of an hireling?

1 Isn’t mankind consigned to forced labor(A) on earth?Are not his days like those of a hired hand?

1 "Men have harsh servitude on earth, do they not? His days are like those of a hired laborer, are they not?

2 As a servant that earnestly desireth the shadow, And as a hireling that looketh for his wages:

2 "As a slave who pants for the shade, And as a hired man who eagerly waits for his wages,

2 As a servant earnestly desireth the shadow, and as an hireling looketh for the reward of his work:

2 Like a slave he longs for shade;like a hired man he waits for his pay.

2 I'm like a servant who longs for the shade, like a hired laborer who is looking for his wages.

3 So am I made to possess months of misery, And wearisome nights are appointed to me.

3 So am I allotted months of vanity, And nights of trouble are appointed me.

3 So am I made to possess months of vanity, and wearisome nights are appointed to me.

3 So I have been made to inherit months of futility,and troubled nights have been assigned to me.(B)

3 Truly I've been allotted months of emptiness; nights of trouble have been appointed for me.

4 When I lie down, I say, When shall I arise, and the night be gone? And I am full of tossings to and fro unto the dawning of the day.

4 "When I lie down I say, 'When shall I arise?' But the night continues, And I am continually tossing until dawn.

4 When I lie down, I say, When shall I arise, and the night be gone? and I am full of tossings to and fro unto the dawning of the day.

4 When I lie down I think:When will I get up?But the evening drags on endlessly,and I toss and turn until dawn.

4 "When I lie down I ask, "When will I wake up?' But the night continues and I keep tossing and turning until dawn.

5 My flesh is clothed with worms and clods of dust; My skin closeth up, and breaketh out afresh.

5 "My flesh is clothed with worms and a crust of dirt, My skin hardens and runs.

5 My flesh is clothed with worms and clods of dust; my skin is broken, and become loathsome.

5 My flesh is clothed with maggots and encrusted with dirt.(a)My skin forms scabs(b) and then oozes.(C)

5 My skin is covered with worms and clods of dirt; my skin becomes rough and then breaks out afresh.

6 My days are swifter than a weaver's shuttle, And are spent without hope.

6 "My days are swifter than a weaver's shuttle, And come to an end without hope.

6 My days are swifter than a weaver's shuttle, and are spent without hope.

6 My days pass more swiftly than a weaver’s shuttle;they come to an end without hope.(D)

6 My days pass as swiftly as a hand-loom; they come to their conclusion without hope.

Don'T Forget!

7 Oh remember that my life is a breath: Mine eye shall no more see good.

7 "Remember that my life is but breath; My eye will not again see good.

7 O remember that my life is wind: mine eye shall no more see good.

7 Remember that my life is but a breath.My eye will never again see anything good.(E)

7 Remember that my life is a breath; my eyes won't go back to seeing good things.

8 The eye of him that seeth me shall behold me no more; Thine eyes shall be upon me, but I shall not be.

8 "The eye of him who sees me will behold me no longer; Your eyes will be on me, but I will not be.

8 The eye of him that hath seen me shall see me no more: thine eyes are upon me, and I am not.

8 The eye of anyone who looks on mewill no longer see me.Your eyes will look for me, but I will be gone.(F)

8 The eyes of the one who sees me won't see me anymore; your eyes will look for me but I won't be around!

9 As the cloud is consumed and vanisheth away, So he that goeth down to Sheol shall come up no more.

9 "When a cloud vanishes, it is gone, So he who goes down to Sheol does not come up.

9 As the cloud is consumed and vanisheth away: so he that goeth down to the grave shall come up no more.

9 As a cloud fades away and vanishes,so the one who goes down to Sheol(G) will never rise again.

9 As a cloud fades away and vanishes, the one who descends to the afterlife doesn't return.

10 He shall return no more to his house, Neither shall his place know him any more.

10 "He will not return again to his house, Nor will his place know him anymore.

10 He shall return no more to his house, neither shall his place know him any more.

10 He will never return to his house;his hometown will no longer remember(c) him.(H)

10 He doesn't return again to his house, and his place won't recognize him anymore."

11 Therefore I will not refrain my mouth; I will speak in the anguish of my spirit; I will complain in the bitterness of my soul.

11 "Therefore I will not restrain my mouth; I will speak in the anguish of my spirit, I will complain in the bitterness of my soul.

11 Therefore I will not refrain my mouth; I will speak in the anguish of my spirit; I will complain in the bitterness of my soul.

11 Therefore I will not restrain my mouth.I will speak in the anguish of my spirit;I will complain in the bitterness of my soul.

11 "In addition, I won't keep my opinion to myself; I'll speak from my distressed spirit; I'll complain with my bitter soul.

Job Says To God: Leave Me Alone

12 Am I a sea, or a sea-monster, That thou settest a watch over me?

12 "Am I the sea, or the sea monster, That You set a guard over me?

12 Am I a sea, or a whale, that thou settest a watch over me?

12 Am I the sea(d)(I) or a sea monster,(J)that You keep me under guard?

12 Am I the sea, or a sea monster, that you keep watching me?

13 When I say, My bed shall comfort me, My couch shall ease my complaint;

13 "If I say, 'My bed will comfort me, My couch will ease my complaint,'

13 When I say, My bed shall comfort me, my couch shall ease my complaint;

13 When I say: My bed will comfort me,and my couch will ease my complaint,

13 For I've said, "My bed will comfort me; my couch will ease my burdens while I complain.'

14 Then thou scarest me with dreams, And terrifiest me through visions:

14 Then You frighten me with dreams And terrify me by visions;

14 Then thou scarest me with dreams, and terrifiest me through visions:

14 then You frighten me with dreams,and terrify me with visions,(K)

14 But then you scared me with dreams; you terrified me with visions.

15 So that my soul chooseth strangling, And death rather than these my bones.

15 So that my soul would choose suffocation, Death rather than my pains.

15 So that my soul chooseth strangling, and death rather than my life.

15 so that I prefer strangling(e)death rather than life in this body.(f)(L)

15 I would rather die by strangulation than continue living.

16 I loathe my life ; I would not live alway: Let me alone; for my days are vanity.

16 "I waste away; I will not live forever Leave me alone, for my days are but a breath.

16 I loathe it; I would not live alway: let me alone; for my days are vanity.

16 I give up! I will not live forever.Leave me alone,(M) for my days are a breath.(g)

16 I hate the thought of living forever! Leave me alone, because my days are pointless."

17 What is man, that thou shouldest magnify him, And that thou shouldest set thy mind upon him,

17 "What is man that You magnify him, And that You are concerned about him,

17 What is man, that thou shouldest magnify him? and that thou shouldest set thine heart upon him?

17 What is man, that You think so highly of himand pay so much attention to him?(N)

17 "What is a human being, that you make so much of him; that you set your affections on him,

18 And that thou shouldest visit him every morning, And try him every moment?

18 That You examine him every morning And try him every moment?

18 And that thou shouldest visit him every morning, and try him every moment?

18 You inspect him every morning,and put him to the test every moment.(O)

18 visit him every morning, and test him continually?

19 How long wilt thou not look away from me, Nor let me alone till I swallow down my spittle?

19 "Will You never turn Your gaze away from me, Nor let me alone until I swallow my spittle?

19 How long wilt thou not depart from me, nor let me alone till I swallow down my spittle?

19 Will You ever look away from me,or leave me alone long enough to swallow?(h)

19 Why won't you look away from me? Why don't you leave me alone so I can swallow my saliva?

20 If I have sinned, what do I unto thee, O thou watcher of men? Why hast thou set me as a mark for thee, So that I am a burden to myself?

20 "Have I sinned? What have I done to You, O watcher of men? Why have You set me as Your target, So that I am a burden to myself?

20 I have sinned; what shall I do unto thee, O thou preserver of men? why hast thou set me as a mark against thee, so that I am a burden to myself?

20 If I have sinned, what have I done to You,Watcher of mankind?Why have You made me Your target,(P)so that I have become a burden to You?(i)

20 So what if I sin? What have I done against you, you observer of humankind? Why have you made me your target? Why burden yourself with me?

21 And why dost thou not pardon my transgression, and take away mine iniquity? For now shall I lie down in the dust; And thou wilt seek me diligently, but I shall not be.

21 "Why then do You not pardon my transgression And take away my iniquity? For now I will lie down in the dust; And You will seek me, but I will not be."

21 And why dost thou not pardon my transgression, and take away mine iniquity? for now shall I sleep in the dust; and thou shalt seek me in the morning, but I shall not be.

21 Why not forgive my sinand pardon my transgression?(Q)For soon I will lie down in the grave.(R)You will eagerly seek me, but I will be gone.(S)

21 Why haven't you pardoned my transgression and taken away my iniquity? Now I'm about to lie down in the dust. You will seek me diligently, but I won't be around!"

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