- Is there not a warfare to man upon earth?
And are not his days like the days of a hireling?
- As a servant that earnestly desireth the shadow, And as a hireling that looketh for his wages:
- So am I made to possess months of misery, And wearisome nights are appointed to me.
- When I lie down, I say, When shall I arise, and the night be gone?
And I am full of tossings to and fro unto the dawning of the day.
- My flesh is clothed with worms and clods of dust;
My skin closeth up, and breaketh out afresh.
- My days are swifter than a weaver’s shuttle, And are spent without hope.
- Oh remember that my life is a breath: Mine eye shall no more see good.
- The eye of him that seeth me shall behold me no more;
Thine eyes shall be upon me, but I shall not be.
- As the cloud is consumed and vanisheth away, So he that goeth down to Sheol shall come up no more.
- He shall return no more to his house, Neither shall his place know him any more.
- Therefore I will not refrain my mouth;
I will speak in the anguish of my spirit;
I will complain in the bitterness of my soul.
- Am I a sea, or a sea-monster, That thou settest a watch over me?
- When I say, My bed shall comfort me, My couch shall ease my complaint;
- Then thou scarest me with dreams, And terrifiest me through visions:
- So that my soul chooseth strangling, And death rather than [these] my bones.
- I loathe [my life];
I would not live alway: Let me alone;
for my days are vanity.
- What is man, that thou shouldest magnify him, And that thou shouldest set thy mind upon him,
- And that thou shouldest visit him every morning, And try him every moment?
- How long wilt thou not look away from me, Nor let me alone till I swallow down my spittle?
- If I have sinned, what do I unto thee, O thou watcher of men?
Why hast thou set me as a mark for thee, So that I am a burden to myself?
- And why dost thou not pardon my transgression, and take away mine iniquity?
For now shall I lie down in the dust;
And thou wilt seek me diligently, but I shall not be.