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7 Job said, “Man has a hard struggle on earth. His life is like the life of a hired worker. 2Man is like a slave who wants the cool shade after hard work on a hot day. Man is like a hired worker waiting for payday. 3Month after frustrating month has gone by. I have had night after night of suffering. 4When I lie down, I think, ‘How long before it’s time to get up?’ The night drags on. I toss and turn until the sun comes up. 5My body is clothed with worms and dirt. My skin is broken and covered with running sores. 6“My days go by faster than a weaver’s shuttle.* And my life ends without hope. 7God, remember, my life is only a breath. I will never see anything good again. 8And you won’t see me again. You will look for me, but I will be gone. 9A cloud disappears and is gone. In the same way, a person dies and is buried in the grave and he won’t come back. 10He will never come back to his old house again. His home won’t know him any more. 11“So I won’t be quiet! I will speak out! My spirit is suffering! I will complain because my soul is bitter. 12God, why do you guard me? Am I the sea or a sea monster? 13My bed should bring me comfort. My couch should give me rest and relief. 14But God, {when I lie down} you scare me with dreams, you frighten with visions.* 15So I prefer to be choked to death than to live. 16I hate my life—I give up. I don’t want to live forever. Leave me alone! My life means nothing! 17God, why is man so important to you? Why should you honor him? Why do you even notice him? 18Why do you visit man every morning and test him every moment? 19God, you never look away from me. You won’t leave me alone for a second. 20God, you watch over people. If I have sinned, fine, what can I do? Why did you use me for target practice? Did I become a problem for you? 21Why don’t you just pardon me for doing wrong? Why don’t you just forgive me for my sins? Soon I will die and be in my grave. Then you will search for me, but I will be gone.”

weaver’s shuttle The tool a person that makes cloth uses to pass the thread between the other threads. vision(s) Something like a dream that God used to speak to people.

Bildad Speaks to Job

8 Then Bildad from Shuah answered, 2“How long will you talk like that? Your words blow like a strong wind. 3God is always fair. God All-Powerful never changes the things that are right. 4If your children sinned against God, then he has punished them. They paid for their sins. 5But now Job, look to God and pray to the All-Powerful. 6If you are pure and good, then he will quickly come to help you. He will give your family back to you. 7Then you will have a lot more than you had in the beginning! 8“Ask the old people. Find out what their ancestors* learned. 9It seems like we were born yesterday. We are too young to know for sure. Our days on earth are very short, like a shadow. 10Maybe the old people can teach you. Maybe they can teach you what they have learned.” 11Bildad said, “Can papyrus* grow tall on a dry land? Can reeds grow without water? 12No. If the water dries up, then they will also be dry. They will be too small to cut and use. 13People who forget God are like those reeds. The person who forgets God, has no hope. 14That person has nothing to lean on. His security is like a spider’s web. 15If a person leans against a spider’s web, the web will break. He holds on to the spider’s web, but it won’t support him. 16That man is like a plant that has plenty of water and sunshine. Its branches spread all through the garden. 17It wraps its roots around a pile of rocks, looking for a place to grow in the rocks. 18But if the plant is moved from its place, {it will die} and no one would know that it had ever been there. 19But the plant was happy, and another will grow in its place. 20God doesn’t abandon innocent people. He doesn’t help evil people. 21God will still fill your mouth with laughter and your lips with happy shouts. 22But shame will be the clothes your enemies wear. And the homes of wicked people will be destroyed.”

ancestors Literally, “fathers,” meaning a person’s parents, grandparents, and all the people they are descended from. papyrus A plant used to make a kind of paper to write on. Its bark is also used to make coverings for boats and ships.

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