I said, In the meridian a of my days I shall go to the gates of Sheol: I am deprived of the rest of my years.
I said, I shall not see Jah, b Jah in the land of the living. With those who dwell where all has ceased to be, I shall behold man no more.
Mine age c is departed, and is removed from me as a shepherd's tent. I have cut off like a weaver d my life. He separateth me from the thrum: -- from day to night thou wilt make an end of me.
I kept still until the morning; e ... as a lion, so doth he break all my bones. From day to night thou wilt make an end of me.
Like a swallow [or] a crane, so did I chatter; I mourned as a dove; mine eyes failed [with looking] upward: Lord, f I am oppressed; undertake for me.
What shall I say? He hath both spoken unto me, and himself hath done [it]. I shall go softly all my years in g the bitterness of my soul.
Lord, by these things [men] live, and in all these things is the life of my spirit; and thou hast recovered me, and made me to live.
Behold, instead of peace h I had bitterness upon bitterness; but thou hast in love delivered my soul from the pit of destruction; for thou hast cast all my sins behind thy back.
For not Sheol shall praise thee, nor death celebrate thee; they that go down into the pit do not hope for thy truth.
The living, the living, he shall praise thee, as I this day: the father to the children shall make known thy truth.
Jehovah was [purposed] to save me. -- And we will play upon my stringed instruments all the days of our life, in the house of Jehovah.