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Job Seven

by Dr. Henry M. Morris

(taken from the Defender's Study Bible)

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Job 7:1 Is there not an appointed time to man upon earth? are not his days also like the days of an hireling?

Job 7:2 As a servant earnestly desireth the shadow, and as an hireling looketh for the reward of his work:

Job 7:3 So am I made to possess months of vanity, and wearisome nights are appointed to me.

months of vanity. Evidently Job had already been suffering for “months” before the arrival of the three friends.

Job 7:4 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.

Job 7:5 My flesh is clothed with worms and clods of dust; my skin is broken, and become loathsome.

Job 7:6 My days are swifter than a weaver's shuttle, and are spent without hope.

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

Job 7:8 The eye of him that hath seen me shall see me no more: thine eyes are upon me, and I am not.

Job 7:9 As the cloud is consumed and vanisheth away: so he that goeth down to the grave shall come up no more.

Job 7:10 He shall return no more to his house, neither shall his place know him any more.

Job 7:11 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.

Job 7:12 Am I a sea, or a whale, that thou settest a watch over me?

a whale. This “whale” (Hebrew tannin, same as in Genesis 1:21) was actually some kind of great sea monster—a sea serpent or marine dinosaur. The word tannin is usually translated “dragon.”

Job 7:13 When I say, My bed shall comfort me, my couch shall ease my complaint;

Job 7:14 Then thou scarest me with dreams, and terrifiest me through visions:

scarest me with dreams. Eliphaz had thought to impress Job with his account of the visit and message he had received from a spirit (Job 4:12-21). However, Job easily discerned that this spirit could not have been sent from God; rather, the spirit intended merely to frighten him into blaspheming against the God he trusted.

Job 7:15 So that my soul chooseth strangling, and death rather than my life.

Job 7:16 I loathe it; I would not live alway: let me alone; for my days are vanity.

Job 7:17 What is man, that thou shouldest magnify him? and that thou shouldest set thine heart upon him?

What is man. At this point, Job directs his comments in prayer to God, rather than in defense to Eliphaz. In a sense, he raises the question which David would ask many centuries later (Psalm 8:4).

Job 7:18 And that thou shouldest visit him every morning, and try him every moment?

Job 7:19 How long wilt thou not depart from me, nor let me alone till I swallow down my spittle?

Job 7:20 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. Job frankly confesses that he, like all men, is a sinner, even though he is unaware of any specific sin that might have led God to punish him so severely, as contended by his friends.

Job 7:21 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.

pardon my transgression. Job knew he had confessed such sin as he knew, and had offered the appropriate sacrifices (Job 1:5), so he could not understand why God seemed to be refusing His promised forgiveness.