It is all the same; that is why I say, 'He destroys both the blameless and the wicked.'1
When a scourge2 brings sudden death, he mocks the despair of the innocent.3
When a land falls into the hands of the wicked,4 he blindfolds its judges.5 If it is not he, then who is it?6
"My days are swifter than a runner;7 they fly away without a glimpse of joy.8
They skim past9 like boats of papyrus,10 like eagles swooping down on their prey.11
If I say, 'I will forget my complaint,12 I will change my expression, and smile,'
I still dread13 all my sufferings, for I know you will not hold me innocent.14
Since I am already found guilty, why should I struggle in vain?15
Even if I washed myself with soap16 and my hands17 with washing soda,18
you would plunge me into a slime pit19 so that even my clothes would detest me.20
"He is not a man21 like me that I might answer him,22 that we might confront each other in court.23
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