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Job 7:2 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— As a servant that earnestly desireth the shadow, And as a hireling that looketh for his wages:
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— As a servant earnestly desireth the shadow, and as an hireling looketh for [the reward of] his work:
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— “As a slave who pants for the shade, And as a hired man who eagerly waits for his wages,
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— As a servant earnestly desireth the shadow, and as a hireling looketh for [the reward of] his work;
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— As a bondman earnestly desireth the shadow, and a hireling expecteth his wages,
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— As, a bondman, panteth for the shadow, and as, a hireling, longeth for his wage,
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— As a servant desireth the shadow, And as a hireling expecteth his wage,
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— As a servant longeth for the shade, as the hireling looketh for the end of his work;
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— As a seruant earnestly desireth the shadow, and as an hireling looketh for [the reward] of his worke:
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— Or as a servant that fears his master, and one who has grasped a shadow? or as a hireling waiting for his pay?
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— As a servant earnestly desireth the shadow, and as an hireling looketh for [the reward of] his work:

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
As a servant 5650
{5650} Prime
עֶבֶד
`ebed
{eh'-bed}
From H5647; a servant.
earnestly desireth 7602
{7602} Prime
שָׁאַף
sha'aph
{shaw-af'}
A primitive root; to inhale eagerly; figuratively to covet; by implication to be angry; also to hasten.
z8799
<8799> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Imperfect (See H8811)
Count - 19885
the shadow, 6738
{6738} Prime
צֵל
tsel
{tsale}
From H6751; shade, whether literally or figuratively.
and as an hireling 7916
{7916} Prime
שָׂכִיר
sakiyr
{saw-keer'}
From H7936; a man at wages by the day or year.
looketh y6960
[6960] Standard
קָוָה
qavah
{kaw-vaw'}
A primitive root; to bind together (perhaps by twisting), that is, collect; (figuratively) to expect.
z8762
<8762> Grammar
Stem - Piel (See H8840)
Mood - Imperfect (See H8811)
Count - 2447
for x6960
(6960) Complement
קָוָה
qavah
{kaw-vaw'}
A primitive root; to bind together (perhaps by twisting), that is, collect; (figuratively) to expect.
[the reward of] his work: 6467
{6467} Prime
פֹּעַל
po`al
{po'-al}
From H6466; an act or work (concretely).
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Job 7:2

_ _ earnestly desirethHebrew, “pants for the [evening] shadow.” Easterners measure time by the length of their shadow. If the servant longs for the evening when his wages are paid, why may not Job long for the close of his hard service, when he shall enter on his “reward?” This proves that Job did not, as many maintain, regard the grave as a mere sleep.

Matthew Henry's Commentary

See commentary on Job 7:1-6.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Job 7:2

Shadow — That is, the sun — set, the time allotted for his rest.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

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Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance
earnestly desireth:
Heb. gapeth after,
Psalms 119:131 I opened my mouth, and panted: for I longed for thy commandments.
Psalms 143:6 I stretch forth my hands unto thee: my soul [thirsteth] after thee, as a thirsty land. Selah.

the shadow:

Jeremiah 6:4 Prepare ye war against her; arise, and let us go up at noon. Woe unto us! for the day goeth away, for the shadows of the evening are stretched out.

as an hireling:

Leviticus 19:13 Thou shalt not defraud thy neighbour, neither rob [him]: the wages of him that is hired shall not abide with thee all night until the morning.
Deuteronomy 24:15 At his day thou shalt give [him] his hire, neither shall the sun go down upon it; for he [is] poor, and setteth his heart upon it: lest he cry against thee unto the LORD, and it be sin unto thee.
Malachi 3:5 And I will come near to you to judgment; and I will be a swift witness against the sorcerers, and against the adulterers, and against false swearers, and against those that oppress the hireling in [his] wages, the widow, and the fatherless, and that turn aside the stranger [from his right], and fear not me, saith the LORD of hosts.
James 5:4 Behold, the hire of the labourers who have reaped down your fields, which is of you kept back by fraud, crieth: and the cries of them which have reaped are entered into the ears of the Lord of sabaoth.
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Lv 19:13. Dt 24:15. Ps 119:131; 143:6. Jr 6:4. Mal 3:5. Jm 5:4.

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