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
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
you will look for me, but I will be no more.a
9 As a cloud vanishesb and is gone,
11 “Therefore I will not keep silent;g
I will speak out in the anguishh of my spirit,
that you put me under guard?m
and my couch will ease my complaint,n
15 so that I prefer strangling and death,q
rather than this body of mine.r
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
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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