"My days are swifter than a runner;1 they fly away without a glimpse of joy.2
They skim past3 like boats of papyrus,4 like eagles swooping down on their prey.5
If I say, 'I will forget my complaint,6 I will change my expression, and smile,'
I still dread7 all my sufferings, for I know you will not hold me innocent.8
Since I am already found guilty, why should I struggle in vain?9
Even if I washed myself with soap10 and my hands11 with washing soda,12
you would plunge me into a slime pit13 so that even my clothes would detest me.14
"He is not a man15 like me that I might answer him,16 that we might confront each other in court.17
If only there were someone to arbitrate between us,18 to lay his hand upon us both,19
someone to remove God's rod from me,20 so that his terror would frighten me no more.21
Then I would speak up without fear of him,22 but as it now stands with me, I cannot.23
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