- My soule is weary of my life, I will leaue my complaint vpon my selfe;
I will speake in the bitternesse of my soule.
- I will say vnto God, Doe not condemne mee;
shewe me wherefore thou contendest with me.
- Is it good vnto thee, that thou shouldest oppresse?
that thou shouldest despise the worke of thine hands?
and shine vpon the counsell of the wicked?
- Hast thou eyes of flesh?
or seest thou as man seeth?
- Are thy dayes as the dayes of man?
are thy yeeres as mans dayes,
- That thou enquirest after mine iniquitie, and searchest after my sinne?
- Thou knowest that I am not wicked, and there is none that can deliuer out of thine hand.
- Thine hands haue made me and fashioned me together round about yet thou doest destroy me.
- Remember, I beseech thee, that thou hast made me as the clay, and wilt thou bring me into dust againe?
- Hast thou not powred me out as milke, and cruddled me like cheese?
- Thou hast cloathed me with skin and flesh, and hast fenced me with bones and sinewes.
- Thou hast granted me life and fauour, and thy visitation hath preserued my spirit.
- And these things hast thou hid in thine heart;
I know that this is with thee.
- If I sinne, then thou markest me, and thou wilt not acquite me from mine iniquitie.
- If I be wicked, woe vnto me;
and if I be righteous, yet will I not lift vp my head: I am full of confusion, therefore see thou mine affliction:
- For it increaseth: thou huntest me as a fierce Lion: and againe thou shewest thy selfe marueilous vpon me.
- Thou renuest thy witnesses against me, and increasest thine indignation vpon me;
Changes and warre are against me.
- Wherfore then hast thou brought me forth out of the wombe?
Oh that I had giuen vp the ghost, and no eye had seene me!
- I should haue bene as though I had not bene, I should haue bene caried from the wombe to the graue.
- Are not my dayes few?
cease then, and let me alone that I may take comfort a litle,
- Before I goe whence I shall not returne, euen to the land of darknes and the shadow of death,
- A land of darknes, as darknes it selfe, and of the shadow of death, without any order, and where the light is as darkenes.