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10 “I loathe my very life;n

therefore I will give free rein to my complaint

and speak out in the bitterness of my soul.o

I say to God:p Do not declare me guilty,

but tell me what chargesq you have against me.r

Does it please you to oppress me,s

to spurn the work of your hands,t

while you smile on the plans of the wicked?u

Do you have eyes of flesh?

Do you see as a mortal sees?v

Are your days like those of a mortal

or your years like those of a strong man,w

that you must search out my faults

and probe after my sinx

though you know that I am not guiltyy

and that no one can rescue me from your hand?z

“Your hands shapeda me and made me.

Will you now turn and destroy me?b

Remember that you molded me like clay.c

Will you now turn me to dust again?d

10 Did you not pour me out like milk

and curdle me like cheese,

11 clothe me with skin and flesh

and knit me togethere with bones and sinews?

12 You gave me lifef and showed me kindness,g

and in your providenceh watched overi my spirit.

13 “But this is what you concealed in your heart,

and I know that this was in your mind:j

14 If I sinned, you would be watching mek

and would not let my offense go unpunished.l

15 If I am guiltym—woe to me!n

Even if I am innocent, I cannot lift my head,o

for I am full of shame

and drowned ina my affliction.p

16 If I hold my head high, you stalk me like a lionq

and again display your awesome power against me.r

17 You bring new witnesses against mes

and increase your anger toward me;t

your forces come against me wave upon wave.u

18 “Why then did you bring me out of the womb?v

I wish I had died before any eye saw me.w

19 If only I had never come into being,

or had been carried straight from the womb to the grave!x

20 Are not my few daysy almost over?z

Turn away from mea so I can have a moment’s joyb

21 before I go to the place of no return,c

to the land of gloom and utter darkness,d

22 to the land of deepest night,

of utter darknesse and disorder,

where even the light is like darkness.”f


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