1Man that is born of a woman is of fewadays, and full of trouble.2
He cometh forth like a flower, and is cut down : he fleeth also as a shadow, and continueth not.
And dost thou open thine eyes upon such an one, and bringest me into judgment with thee?
Who can bring a clean thing out of an unclean? not one.5Seeing his days are determined , the number of his months are with thee, thou hast appointed his bounds that he cannot pass ;
6Turn from him, that he may rest ,b till he shall accomplish , as an hireling, his day.7
For there ishope of a tree, if it be cut down , that it will sprout again , and that the tender branch thereof will not cease .
Though the root thereof wax old in the earth, and the stock thereof die in the ground;9
Yet through the scent of water it will bud , and bring forthboughs like a plant.10
But mandieth , and wasteth away : yea, man giveth up the ghost , and where is he?
As the watersfail from the sea, and the flooddecayeth and drieth up :
So man lieth down , and riseth not: till the heavens be no more, they shall not awake , nor be raised out of their sleep.13
O that thou wouldest hide me in the grave, that thou wouldest keep me secret , until thy wrath be past , that thou wouldest appoint me a set time, and remember me!
If a mandie , shall he live again? all the days of my appointed time will I wait , till my changecome .
Thou shalt call , and I will answer thee: thou wilt have a desire to the work of thine hands.16
For now thou numberest my steps: dost thou not watch over my sin?17
My transgression is sealed up in a bag, and thou sewest up mine iniquity.18
And surely the mountainfalling cometh to nought , and the rock is removed out of his place.19
The waterswear the stones: thou washest away the things which grow out of the dust of the earth; and thou destroyest the hope of man.20
Thou prevailest for ever against him, and he passeth : thou changest his countenance, and sendest him away .
His sons come to honour , and he knoweth it not; and they are brought low , but he perceiveth it not of them.
But his flesh upon him shall have pain , and his soul within him shall mourn .