"My Days Are Swifter Than A Weaver's Shuttle"

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Last Updated on May 24, 2015, by eNotes Editorial. Word Count: 176

Context: Job, of the land of Uz, "perfect and upright" before the Lord, is a wealthy man with seven sons and three daughters. Challenging God, Satan says that if Job were to lose his possessions and family he would surely curse God. Job, however, after hearing of the loss of his wealth and children, remains humble before the Lord. When Satan receives God's permission to torture the body of Job with boils, the upright man still refuses to curse the Almighty. Confronted by his friends Eliphaz the Temanite, Bildad the Shuhite, and Zophar the Naamathite, Job laments the day of his birth and the agony of his life, and to Eliphaz's argument that God does not punish the innocent, Job begs to be shown how he has erred. In his suffering, he wishes for death, but complains of his condition and of the brevity of life:

My flesh is clothed with worms and clods of dust; my skin is broken, and becomes loathsome.
My days are swifter than a weaver's shuttle, and are spent without hope.

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