Listen carefully to my words;1 let your ears take in what I say.
Now that I have prepared my case,2 I know I will be vindicated.3
Can anyone bring charges against me?4 If so, I will be silent5 and die.6
"Only grant me these two things, O God, and then I will not hide from you:
Withdraw your hand7 far from me, and stop frightening me with your terrors.8
Then summon me and I will answer,9 or let me speak, and you reply.10
How many wrongs and sins have I committed?11 Show me my offense and my sin.12
Why do you hide your face13 and consider me your enemy?14
Will you torment15 a windblown leaf ?16 Will you chase17 after dry chaff ?18
For you write down bitter things against me and make me inherit the sins of my youth.19
You fasten my feet in shackles;20 you keep close watch on all my paths21 by putting marks on the soles of my feet.
"So man wastes away like something rotten, like a garment22 eaten by moths.23