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Isn’t each person consigned to forced laborh on earth?

Are not his days like those of a hired worker?

Like a slave he longs for shade;

like a hired worker he waits for his pay.

So I have been made to inherit months of futility,

and troubled nights have been assigned to me.i

When I lie down I think,

“When will I get up?”

But the evening drags on endlessly,

and I toss and turn until dawn.

My flesh is clothed with maggots and encrusted with dirt.D

My skin forms scabsE and then oozes.j

My days pass more swiftly than a weaver’s shuttle;

they come to an end without hope.k

Remember that my life is but a breath.

My eye will never again see anything good.l

The eye of anyone who looks on me

will no longer see me.

Your eyes will look for me, but I will be gone.m

As a cloud fades away and vanishes,

so the one who goes down to Sheoln will never rise again.

10 He will never return to his house;

his hometown will no longer rememberF him.o

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.

12 Am I the seaA,a or a sea monster,b

that you keep me under guard?

13 When I say, “My bed will comfort me,

and my couch will ease my complaint,”

14 then you frighten me with dreams,

and terrify me with visions,c

15 so that I prefer stranglingB

death rather than life in this body.C,d

16 I give up! I will not live forever.

Leave me alone,e for my days are a breath.D

17 What is a mere human, that you think so highly of him

and pay so much attention to him?f

18 You inspect him every morning,

and put him to the test every moment.g

19 Will you ever look away from me,

or leave me alone long enough to swallow?E

20 If I have sinned, what have I done to you,

Watcher of humanity?

Why have you made me your target,h

so that I have become a burden to you?F

21 Why not forgive my sin

and pardon my iniquity?i

For soon I will lie down in the grave.j

You will eagerly seek me, but I will be gone.k


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The Christian Standard Bible (CSB) is a highly trustworthy, faithful translation that is proven to be the optimal blend of accuracy and readability. It’s as literal to the original as possible without sacrificing clarity. The CSB is poised to become the translation that pastors rely on and Bible readers turn to again and again to read and to share with others.

The CSB is an original translation: more than 100 scholars from 17 denominations translated directly from the best available Hebrew, Greek and Aramaic source texts into English. Its source texts are the standard used by scholars and seminaries today.

The CSB is trustworthy: the conservative, evangelical scholars of the CSB affirm the authority of Scripture as the inerrant Word of God and seek the highest level of faithfulness to the original and accuracy in their translation. These scholars and LifeWay, the non-profit ministry that stewards the CSB, also champion the Bible against cultural trends that would compromise its truths.

The CSB is clear: it is as literal a translation of the ancient source texts as possible, but, in the many places throughout Scripture where a word-for-word rendering might obscure the meaning for a modern audience, it uses a more dynamic translation. In all cases, the intent is to convey the original meaning of God’s Word as faithfully and as clearly as possible.


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