Is of few days and afull of 1trouble.
2 bHe comes forth like a flower and fades away;
He flees like a shadow and does not continue.
3 And cdo You open Your eyes on such a one,
And dbring 2me to judgment with Yourself?
4 Who ecan bring a clean thing out of an unclean?
5 fSince his days are determined,
The number of his months is with You;
You have appointed his limits, so that he cannot pass.
6 gLook away from him that he may 3rest,
Till hlike a hired man he finishes his day.
7 “For there is hope for a tree,
If it is cut down, that it will sprout again,
And that its tender shoots will not cease.
8 Though its root may grow old in the earth,
And its stump may die in the ground,
9 Yet at the scent of water it will bud
And bring forth branches like a plant.
10 But man dies and 4is laid away;
Indeed he 5breathes his last
And where is ihe?
11 As water disappears from the sea,
And a river becomes parched and dries up,
12 So man lies down and does not rise.
jTill the heavens are no more,
They will not awake
Nor be roused from their sleep.
13 “Oh, that You would hide me in the grave,
That You would conceal me until Your wrath is past,
That You would appoint me a set time, and remember me!
14 If a man dies, shall he live again?
All the days of my hard service kI will wait,
Till my change comes.
15 lYou shall call, and I will answer You;
You shall desire the work of Your hands.
16 For now mYou number my steps,
But do not watch over my sin.
17 nMy transgression is sealed up in a bag,
And You 6cover my iniquity.
18 “But as a mountain falls and crumbles away,
And as a rock is moved from its place;
19 As water wears away stones,
And as torrents wash away the soil of the earth;
So You destroy the hope of man.
20 You prevail forever against him, and he passes on;
You change his countenance and send him away.
21 His sons come to honor, and ohe does not know it;
They are brought low, and he does not perceive it.
22 But his flesh will be in pain over it,
And his soul will mourn over it.”
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