Remember that you molded me like clay.1 Will you now turn me to dust again?210
Did you not pour me out like milk and curdle me like cheese,
clothe me with skin and flesh and knit me together3 with bones and sinews?
You gave me life4 and showed me kindness,5 and in your providence6 watched over7 my spirit.
"But this is what you concealed in your heart, and I know that this was in your mind:814
If I sinned, you would be watching me9 and would not let my offense go unpunished.1015
If I am guilty11--woe to me!12 Even if I am innocent, I cannot lift my head,13 for I am full of shame and drowned ina my affliction.1416
If I hold my head high, you stalk me like a lion15 and again display your awesome power against me.1617
You bring new witnesses against me17 and increase your anger toward me;18 your forces come against me wave upon wave.1918
"Why then did you bring me out of the womb?20 I wish I had died before any eye saw me.2119
If only I had never come into being, or had been carried straight from the womb to the grave!22