I said, "1In the middle of my alife I am to enter the 2gates of Sheol ; I am to be 3deprived of the rest of my years."
I said, "I will not see the LORD, The LORD4in the land of the living ; I will look on mannomoreamong the inhabitants of the world.
"Like a shepherd's5tent my dwelling is pulled up and removed from me; As a 6weaver I 7rolled up my life. He 8cuts me off from the loom ; From 9dayuntilnight You make an end of me.
"I composed my soul untilmorning. 10Like a lion-so He 11breaksall my bones, From 12dayuntilnight You make an end of me.
"13Like a swallow, like a crane, so I twitter ; I 14moan like a dove ; My 15eyeslookwistfully to the heights ; O Lord, I am oppressed, be my 16security.
"17What shall I say ? bFor He has spoken to me, and He Himself has done it; I will 18wander about all my yearsbecause of the 19bitterness of my soul.
"O Lord, 20by these things men live, And in all these is the life of my spirit ; c21O restore me to health and 22let me live !
17"Lo, for my own welfare I hadgreatbitterness ; It is You who has d23kept my soul from the pit of enothingness, For You have 24castall my sinsbehind Your back.
"For 25Sheolcannotthank You, Death cannot praise You; Those who godown26to the pitcannothope for Your faithfulness.
"It is the 27living who givethanks to You, as I do today ; A 28fathertells his sonsabout Your faithfulness.
"The LORD will surely save me; So we will 29play my songs on stringed instruments 30All the days of our life31at the house of the LORD."