Nevertheless, the righteous1 will hold to their ways, and those with clean hands2 will grow stronger.310
"But come on, all of you, try again! I will not find a wise man among you.411
My days have passed,5 my plans are shattered, and so are the desires of my heart.612
These men turn night into day;7 in the face of darkness they say, 'Light is near.'813
If the only home I hope for is the grave,a9 if I spread out my bed10 in darkness,1114
if I say to corruption,12 'You are my father,' and to the worm,13 'My mother' or 'My sister,'
where then is my hope?14 Who can see any hope for me?1516
Will it go down to the gates of deathb ?16 Will we descend together into the dust?"17