Job 7:17

Hebrew Bible

15 so that I would prefer strangling and death more than life. 16 I loathe it; I do not want to live forever; leave me alone, for my days are a vapor! 17What is mankind that you make so much of them, and that you pay attention to them? 18 And that you visit them every morning, and try them every moment? 19 Will you never look away from me, will you not let me alone long enough to swallow my spittle?

Psalm 144:3

Hebrew Bible

1 By David. The Lord, my Protector, deserves praise—the one who trains my hands for battle and my fingers for war, 2 who loves me and is my stronghold, my refuge and my deliverer, my shield and the one in whom I take shelter, who makes nations submit to me. 3 O Lord, of what importance is the human race that you should notice them? Of what importance is mankind that you should be concerned about them? 4 People are like a vapor, their days like a shadow that disappears. 5 O Lord, make the sky sink and come down. Touch the mountains and make them smolder.

 Notes and References

"... if the formula in Psalm 8:5 (“what is man that you should remember him, and the son of man that you should visit him”) would already have the sense of “accusation” and “punishment,” there is nothing in Job 7:17–18 to parody the viewpoint of Psalm 8:5. Following Coats’s view, Raymond van Leeuwen argues that the claim that Job 7:17–18 is a parody of Psalm 8:5 should be dismissed since the lexical formula is “stereotypical, with free variations” and should most likely be comprehended as “literary adaptations still standing close to a living, oral formula.” Then, one needs to consider the viewpoint of humanity in Job 7:17–18, which has more reasonable homogeneity with Psalm 144:3–435 than Psalm 8:5–7 ..."

Kwon, JiSeong J. "Not Parody, but Irony: Irony in the Book of Job" in Häner, Tobias, (ed.) Irony in the Bible: Between Subversion and Innovation (pp. 123-124) Brill, 2023

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