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Job 7

 

 

Introduction
1Job excuses his desire of death.
12He complains of his own restlessness, and expostulates with God.

Verse 1
Is there not an appointed time to man upon earth? are not his days also like the days of an hireling?
Is there
14:5,13,14; Psalms 39:4; Isaiah 38:5; John 11:9,10
an appointed time
or, a warfare.
Ecclesiastes 8:8
like the days
14:6; Leviticus 25:50; Deuteronomy 15:18; Isaiah 21:16; Matthew 20:1-15

Verse 2
As a servant earnestly desireth the shadow, and as an hireling looketh for the reward of his work:
ernestly desireth
Heb. gapeth after.
Psalms 119:131; 143:6
the shadow
Jeremiah 6:4
as an hireling
Leviticus 19:13; Deuteronomy 24:15; Malachi 3:5; James 5:4

Verse 3
So am I made to possess months of vanity, and wearisome nights are appointed to me.
months of
29:2; Psalms 6:6; 39:5; Ecclesiastes 1:14

Verse 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.
When
13,14; 17:12; 30:17; Deuteronomy 28:67; Psalms 6:6; 77:4; 130:6
night, etc
Heb. evening be measured. tossings.
Psalms 109:23; Isaiah 54:11

Verse 5
My flesh is clothed with worms and clods of dust; my skin is broken, and become loathsome.
flesh
2:7,8; 17:14; 19:26; 24:20; 30:18,19; Psalms 38:5-7; Isaiah 1:6; 14:11; Acts 12:23
loathsome
9:31; Isaiah 66:24; Ezekiel 20:43

Verse 6
My days are swifter than a weaver's shuttle, and are spent without hope.
swifter
9:25; 16:22; 17:11; Psalms 90:5,6; 102:11; 103:15,16; 144:4; Isaiah 38:12,13; 40:6,7; James 1:11; 4:14; 1 Peter 1:24
without hope
6:11; 17:15; Proverbs 14:32; Jeremiah 2:25; Ephesians 2:12; 1 Peter 1:13

Verse 7
O remember that my life is wind: mine eye shall no more see good.
remember
10:9; Genesis 42:36; Nehemiah 1:8; Psalms 74:18,22; 89:47,50; Jeremiah 15:15
my life
Psalms 78:39; James 4:14
no more see
Heb. not return to see, that is, to enjoy.
10:21,22

Verse 8
The eye of him that hath seen me shall see me no more: thine eyes are upon me, and I am not.
The eye
20:9; Psalms 37:36
thine eyes
13:27; 14:3; Psalms 39:11; 90:8,9
I am not
that is, I can live no longer.

Verse 9
As the cloud is consumed and vanisheth away: so he that goeth down to the grave shall come up no more.
the cloud
37:11
he
10:21; 14:10-14; 16:22; 2 Samuel 12:23; 14:14; Psalms 39:13; Isaiah 38:11

Verse 10
He shall return no more to his house, neither shall his place know him any more.
shall return
8:18; 20:9; Psalms 103:16

Verse 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.
I will not
6:26; 10:1; 13:13; 16:6; 21:3; Psalms 39:3; 40:9
the anguish
Genesis 42:21; 2 Kings 4:27,28; Matthew 26:37,38; Luke 22:44; 2 Corinthians 2:4
the bitterness
10:15; 21:25; 1 Samuel 1:10; Isaiah 38:15,17

Verse 12
Am I a sea, or a whale, that thou settest a watch over me?
I a sea
17; 38:6-11; Lamentations 3:7
a whale
41:1-34

Verse 13
When I say, My bed shall comfort me, my couch shall ease my complaint;
My bed
3,4; 9:27,28; Psalms 6:6; 77:4

Verse 14
Then thou scarest me with dreams, and terrifiest me through visions:
thou scarest
Genesis 40:5-7; 41:8; Judges 7:13,14; Daniel 2:1; Matthew 27:19

Verse 15
So that my soul chooseth strangling, and death rather than my life.
chooseth
2 Samuel 17:23; Matthew 27:5
life
Heb. bones.

Verse 16
I loathe it; I would not live alway: let me alone; for my days are vanity.
I loathe it
3:20-22; 6:9; 10:1; Genesis 27:46; 1 Kings 19:4; Jonah 4:3,8
let me alone
10:20; 14:6; Psalms 39:10,13
my days
Psalms 62:9; 78:33; 144:4; Ecclesiastes 6:11,12

Verse 17
What is man, that thou shouldest magnify him? and that thou shouldest set thine heart upon him?
What is man
Psalms 8:4; 144:3; Hebrews 2:6
magnify
12; 1 Samuel 24:14
set thine
34:14,15

Verse 18
And that thou shouldest visit him every morning, and try him every moment?
visit
Exodus 20:5; 32:34; Isaiah 26:14; 38:12,13
try
Genesis 22:1; Deuteronomy 8:16; Jeremiah 9:7; Daniel 12:10; Zechariah 13:9; 1 Peter 1:7

Verse 19
How long wilt thou not depart from me, nor let me alone till I swallow down my spittle?
How long
9:18; Psalms 6:3; 13:1-3; 94:3; Revelation 6:10

Verse 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?
I have sinned
9:29-31; 13:26; 14:16; 22:5; 31:33; 33:9,27; Psalms 80:4
O thou preserver
Nehemiah 9:6; Psalms 36:6
why hast
12; 6:4; 16:12-14; Psalms 21:12; Lamentations 3:12
I am
11; 3:24

Verse 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.
why dost
10:14; 13:23,24; Isaiah 64:9; Lamentations 3:42-44; 5:20-22
take away
2 Samuel 24:10; Micah 7:18,19; Hosea 14:2; John 1:29; Titus 2:14; 1 John 1:9; 3:5
sleep
3:13; 17:14; 21:32,33; Ecclesiastes 12:7; Isaiah 26:19; Daniel 12:2
in the morning
but I shall not be
Psalms 37:36; 103:15

 


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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on Job 7:4". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/job-7.html.

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