|"Man that is born of a woman is of few days, and full of trouble.|
|He comes forth like a flower, and withers; |
he flees like a shadow, and continues not.
|And dost thou open thy eyes upon such a one |
and bring him into judgment with thee?
|Who can bring a clean thing out of an unclean? |
There is not one.
|Since his days are determined, |
and the number of his months is with thee,
and thou hast appointed his bounds that he cannot pass,
|look away from him, and desist,|
that he may enjoy, like a hireling, his day.
|"For there is hope for a tree, |
if it be cut down, that it will sprout again,
and that its shoots will not cease.
|Though its root grow old in the earth, |
and its stump die in the ground,
|yet at the scent of water it will bud |
and put forth branches like a young plant.
|But man dies, and is laid low; |
man breathes his last, and where is he?
|As waters fail from a lake, |
and a river wastes away and dries up,
|so man lies down and rises not again;|
till the heavens are no more he will not awake,
or be roused out of his sleep.
|Oh that thou wouldest hide me in Sheol, |
that thou wouldest conceal me until thy wrath be past,
that thou wouldest appoint me a set time, and remember me!
|If a man die, shall he live again? |
All the days of my service I would wait, till my release should come.
|Thou wouldest call, and I would answer thee;|
thou wouldest long for the work of thy hands.
|For then thou wouldest number my steps, |
thou wouldest not keep watch over my sin;
|my transgression would be sealed up in a bag, |
and thou wouldest cover over my iniquity.
|"But the mountain falls and crumbles away, |
and the rock is removed from its place;
|the waters wear away the stones;|
the torrents wash away the soil of the earth;
so thou destroyest the hope of man.
|Thou prevailest for ever against him, and he passes;|
thou changest his countenance, and sendest him away.
|His sons come to honor, and he does not know it;|
they are brought low, and he perceives it not.
|He feels only the pain of his own body, |
and he mourns only for himself."
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