7 “Do not mortals have hard servicem on earth?n
Are not their days like those of hired laborers?o
2 Like a slave longing for the evening shadows,p
or a hired laborer waiting to be paid,q
3 so I have been allotted months of futility,
and nights of misery have been assigned to me.r
4 When I lie down I think, ‘How long before I get up?’s
The night drags on, and I toss and turn until dawn.t
5 My body is clothed with wormsu and scabs,
my skin is broken and festering.v
6 “My days are swifter than a weaver’s shuttle,w
and they come to an end without hope.x
7 Remember, O God, that my life is but a breath;y
my eyes will never see happiness again.z
8 The eye that now sees me will see me no longer;
you will look for me, but I will be no more.a
9 As a cloud vanishesb and is gone,
so one who goes down to the gravec does not return.d
10 He will never come to his house again;
his placee will know him no more.f
11 “Therefore I will not keep silent;g
I will speak out in the anguishh of my spirit,
I will complaini in the bitterness of my soul.j
12 Am I the sea,k or the monster of the deep,l
that you put me under guard?m
13 When I think my bed will comfort me
and my couch will ease my complaint,n
14 even then you frighten me with dreams
and terrifyo me with visions,p
15 so that I prefer strangling and death,q
rather than this body of mine.r
16 I despise my life;s I would not live forever.t
Let me alone;u my days have no meaning.v
17 “What is mankind that you make so much of them,
that you give them so much attention,w
18 that you examine them every morningx
19 Will you never look away from me,a
or let me alone even for an instant?b
20 If I have sinned, what have I done to you,c
you who sees everything we do?
Why have you made me your target?d
Have I become a burden to you?a e
21 Why do you not pardon my offenses
and forgive my sins?f
For I will soon lie down in the dust;g
you will search for me, but I will be no more.”h
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