- My soule is cut of though I lyue, I wil powre out my coplaynte against my selfe, and will speake out of the very heauinesse of my soule.
- I will say vnto God: O do not condempne me, but shewe me wherefore thou contendest so with me?
- Thinkest thou it welldone to oppresse me?
to cast me of beyng the workes of thy handes?
and to mayntayne the counsell of the vngodly?
- Hast thou fleshy eyes?
or doest thou loke as a man loketh?
- Or are thy dayes as the dayes of man?
and thy yeres as mans yeres?
- That thou makest such inquisition for my wickednes, and searchest out my sinne?
- Whereas thou knowest whether I shall do wickedly or no, and that none can deliuer me out of thyne hande.
- Thy handes haue made me, & fashioned me altogether rounde about, wilt thou then destroy me?
- Remember I besech thee that thou madest me as the moulde of the earth, and shalt bring me into dust againe.
- Hast thou not powred me as it were milke, & turned me to cruddes like cheese?
- Thou hast couered me with skinne and fleshe, and ioyned me together with bones and sinnowes.
- Thou hast graunted me life, and done me good: and thy visitation hath preserued my spirite.
- Thou hast hyd these thinges in thyne heart [yet] I am sure that thou remembrest this thing.
- If I dyd sinne, thou haddest an eye vnto me, and shalt not pronounce me innocent from myne offence.
- If I haue done wickedly, wo is me therefore: If I haue done righteously, yet dare I not lift vp my head, so full am I of confusion, and see myne owne miserie.
- And let it increase, hunte me as a lion, & returne and shew thy selfe maruaylous vpon me.
- Thou bringest freshe witnesse against me, and thy wrath increasest thou vpon me: diuers and many are the plagues that I am in.
- Wherfore hast thou brought me out of the wombe?
O that I had perished, and that no eye had seene me,
- And that I were as though I had not ben, but brought from the wombe to the graue.
- Are not my dayes fewe?
Let him then leaue of fro me, and let me a lone, that I may comfort my selfe a litle,
- Afore I go [thyther from whence] I shall not turne againe, euen to the lande of darknesse and shadowe of death:
- Yea a lande as darke as darknesse it selfe, and into the shadowe of death where is none order, but the light is there as darknesse.