| The Book of Job.|
The Harvard Classics. 190914.
| || IS there not a warfare 1 to man upon earth?|
And are not his days like the days of a hireling?
| ||As a servant that earnestly desireth the shadow,|
And as a hireling that looketh for his wages:
| ||So am I made to possess months of misery,|
And wearisome nights are appointed to me.
| ||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.
| ||My flesh is clothed with worms and clods of dust;|
My skin closeth 2 up, and breaketh out afresh.
| ||My days are swifter than a weavers shuttle,|
And are spent without hope.
| ||Oh remember that my life is a breath:|
Mine eye shall no more see good.
| ||The eye of him that seeth me shall behold me no more;|
Thine eyes shall be upon me, but I shall not be.
| ||As the cloud is consumed and vanisheth away,|
So he that goeth down to Sheol shall come up no more.
| ||He shall return no more to his house,|
Neither shall his place know him any more.
| || 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.
| ||Am I a sea, or a sea-monster,|
That thou settest a watch over me?
| ||When I say, My bed shall comfort me,|
My couch shall ease my complaint;
| ||Then thou scarest me with dreams,|
And terrifiest me through visions:
| ||So that my soul chooseth strangling,|
And death rather than these my bones.
| ||I 3 loathe my life; I would 4 not live alway:|
Let me alone; for my days are vanity. 5
| ||What is man, that thou shouldest magnify him,|
And that thou shouldest set thy mind upon him,
| ||And that thou shouldest visit him every morning,|
And try him every moment?
| ||How long wilt thou not look away from me,|
Nor let me alone till I swallow down my spittle?
| ||If I have sinned, what do 6 I unto thee, O thou watcher 7 of men?|
Why hast thou set me as a mark for thee,
So that I am a burden to myself?
| ||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.