I thought, I must depart in the prime of my life; I have been relegated to the gates of the underworld for the rest of my life.
I thought, I won't see the LORD. The LORD is in the land of the living. I won't look upon humans again or be with the inhabitants of the world.
My lifetime is plucked up and taken from me like a shepherd's tent. My life is shriveled like woven cloth; God cuts me off from the loom. Between daybreak and nightfall you carry out your verdict against me.
I cried out until morning: "Like a lion God crushes all my bones. Between daybreak and nightfall you carry out your verdict against me.
Like a swallow I chirp; I moan like a dove. My eyes have grown weary looking to heaven. Lord, I'm overwhelmed; support me!"
What can I say? God has spoken to me; he himself has acted. I will wander my whole life with a bitter spirit.
The LORD Most High is the one who gives life to every heart, who gives life to the spirit!
Look, he indeed exchanged my bitterness for wholeness. You yourself have spared my whole being from the pit of destruction, because you have cast all my sins behind your back.
The underworld can't thank you, nor can death praise you; those who go down to the pit can't hope for your faithfulness.
The living, the living can thank you, as I do today. Parents will tell children about your faithfulness.
The LORD has truly saved me, and we will make music at the LORD's house all the days of our lives.