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¶ MY spirit is weary, my days are extinct;
the grave is ready for me,
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For there is no falsehood in me, and yet my spirit dwells in their bitterness.
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Make me, I pray thee, a hostage with thee;
then I will surrender myself.
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For thou hast hid their heart from understanding;
therefore they shall exalt themselves in their deception.
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When a friend behaves insolently toward his friend, even the eyes of his children shall fail.
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He has granted power to the nations;
I shall be derided before them.
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My eye is dim because of anger, and all my senses are like a shadow.
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Upright men shall be amazed at this, and the innocent shall stir himself up against the guilty.
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The righteous also shall hold to his way, and he that has clean hands shall be stronger and stronger.
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¶ But as for you all, you are hypocritical, and yet you return and come to me;
but I cannot find a wise man among you.
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O you time wasters!
Dawdlers!
Who think about nothing!
O you destroyers of the hearts of the people!
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You change the night into day;
and you bring forth the light before the darkness is over.
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If I wait, Sheol is my house;
I have made my bed in the darkness.
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I have said to corruption, You are my father;
to the worm, You are my mother and my sister.
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Where is now my hope and my trust?
As for my hope, who shall find it?
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They shall go down to the bottom of Sheol;
they shall descend together into the dust.