8 Its roots may grow old in the ground and its stump die in the soil,
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9 yet at the scent of water it will bud and put forth shoots like a plant.
10 But a man dies and is laid low; he breathes his last and is no more.
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11 As the water of a lake dries up or a riverbed becomes parched and dry,
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12 so he lies down and does not rise; till the heavens are no more, people will not awake or be roused from their sleep.
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13 “If only you would hide me in the grave and conceal me till your anger has passed! If only you would set me a time and then remember me!
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14 If someone dies, will they live again? All the days of my hard service I will wait for my renewala to come.
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15 You will call and I will answer you; you will long for the creature your hands have made.
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16 Surely then you will count my steps but not keep track of my sin.
17 My offenses will be sealed up in a bag; you will cover over my sin.
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18 “But as a mountain erodes and crumbles and as a rock is moved from its place,
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