Job 7 – Skeptic's Annotated Bible answered

A response and reply to the notes on Job 7 in the Skeptic's Annotated Bible (SAB).

King James Version

SAB comment

My comment

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

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

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

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.

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

6 My days are swifter than a weaver’s shuttle, and are spent without hope.

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

(7:7-9) "He that goeth down to the grave shall come up no more."
Is death final?
As Job also says that he will see God after death, chapter 19:26-27, in his flesh, he does not mean to say here that death is final. The meaning is simply that when people go to their grave, they will never walk out of it by themselves. That God will resurrect them on the last day is at the end of time.

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

"Thou scarest me with dreams, and terrifiest me through visions"
God terrifies people by sending them nightmares while they sleep.
It is not unlikely that Satan, who send him these terrible inflictions of his body, also afflicted him at night. Job ascribes that to God, because God suffered Satan to afflict him.

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

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

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

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

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

"Till I swallow down my spittle."
Comments on many blogs on a particular side of the political spectrum would read quite different if the bar for foul language was set at the spittle level.

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?

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.