14 “Mortals, born of woman,s
3 Do you fix your eye on them?z
5 A person’s days are determined;e
you have decreed the number of his monthsf
and have set limits he cannot exceed.g
6 So look away from him and let him alone,h
till he has put in his time like a hired laborer.i
7 “At least there is hope for a tree:j
If it is cut down, it will sprout again,
and its stumpm die in the soil,
9 yet at the scent of watern it will bud
and put forth shoots like a plant.o
10 But a man dies and is laid low;p
he breathes his last and is no more.q
or a riverbed becomes parched and dry,r
12 so he lies down and does not rise;s
till the heavens are no more,t people will not awake
or be roused from their sleep.u
13 “If only you would hide me in the gravev
and conceal me till your anger has passed!w
If only you would set me a time
All the days of my hard servicez
15 You will call and I will answer you;b
you will long for the creature your hands have made.c
16 Surely then you will count my stepsd
but not keep track of my sin.e
you will cover over my sin.h
18 “But as a mountain erodes and crumblesi
and as a rock is moved from its place,j
so you destroy a person’s hope.m
20 You overpower them once for all, and they are gone;n
you change their countenance and send them away.o
if their offspring are brought low, they do not see it.p
22 They feel but the pain of their own bodiesq
and mourn only for themselves.r”
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