yet at the scent of water1 it will bud and put forth shoots like a plant.2
But man dies and is laid low;3 he breathes his last and is no more.4
As water disappears from the sea or a riverbed becomes parched and dry,5
so man lies down and does not rise;6 till the heavens are no more,7 men will not awake or be roused from their sleep.8
"If only you would hide me in the grave9 and conceal me till your anger has passed!10 If only you would set me a time and then remember11 me!12
If a man dies, will he live again? All the days of my hard service13 I will wait for my renewal14 to come.
You will call and I will answer you;15 you will long for the creature your hands have made.16
Surely then you will count my steps17 but not keep track of my sin.18
My offenses will be sealed19 up in a bag;20 you will cover over my sin.21
"But as a mountain erodes and crumbles22 and as a rock is moved from its place,23
as water wears away stones and torrents24 wash away the soil,25 so you destroy man's hope.26
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