Upright men are appalled at this; the innocent are aroused1 against the ungodly.
Nevertheless, the righteous2 will hold to their ways, and those with clean hands3 will grow stronger.410
"But come on, all of you, try again! I will not find a wise man among you.511
My days have passed,6 my plans are shattered, and so are the desires of my heart.712
These men turn night into day;8 in the face of darkness they say, 'Light is near.'913
If the only home I hope for is the grave,a10 if I spread out my bed11 in darkness,1214
if I say to corruption,13 'You are my father,' and to the worm,14 'My mother' or 'My sister,'
where then is my hope?15 Who can see any hope for me?1616
Will it go down to the gates of deathb ?17 Will we descend together into the dust?"18