- As for man, the son of woman, his days are short and full of trouble.
- He comes out like a flower, and is cut down: he goes in flight like a shade, and is never seen again.
- Is it on such a one as this that your eyes are fixed, with the purpose of judging him?
- If only a clean thing might come out of an unclean!
But it is not possible.
- If his days are ordered, and you have knowledge of the number of his months, having given him a fixed limit past which he may not go;
- Let your eyes be turned away from him, and take your hand from him, so that he may have pleasure at the end of his day, like a servant working for payment.
- For there is hope of a tree;
if it is cut down, it will come to life again, and its branches will not come to an end.
- Though its root may be old in the earth, and its cut-off end may be dead in the dust;
- Still, at the smell of water, it will make buds, and put out branches like a young plant.
- But man comes to his death and is gone: he gives up his spirit, and where is he?
- The waters go from a pool, and a river becomes waste and dry;
- So man goes down to his last resting-place and comes not again: till the heavens come to an end, they will not be awake or come out of their sleep.
- If only you would keep me safe in the underworld, putting me in a secret place till your wrath is past, giving me a fixed time when I might come to your memory again!
- If death takes a man, will he come to life again?
All the days of my trouble I would be waiting, till the time came for me to be free.
- At the sound of your voice I would give an answer, and you would have a desire for the work of your hands.
- For now my steps are numbered by you, and my sin is not overlooked.
- My wrongdoing is corded up in a bag, and my sin is shut up safe.
- But truly a mountain falling comes to dust, and a rock is moved from its place;
- The stones are crushed small by the force of the waters;
the dust of the earth is washed away by their overflowing: and so you put an end to the hope of man.
- You overcome him for ever, and he is gone;
his face is changed in death, and you send him away.
- His sons come to honour, and he has no knowledge of it;
they are made low, but he is not conscious of it.
- Only his flesh still has pain, and his soul is sad.