"a1I loathe my own life; I will givefullvent to 2my complaint; I will speak in the bitterness of my soul.
"I will say to God, '3Do not condemn me; Let me knowwhy You contend with me.
'Is it bright for You indeed to 4oppress, To reject5the labor of Your hands, And cto lookfavorably on 6the schemes of the wicked?
'Have You eyes of flesh? Or do You 7see as a mansees?
'Are Your days as the days of a mortal, Or8Your years as man'syears,
That 9You should seek for my guilt And search after my sin?
7'According to Your knowledge10I am indeed not guilty, Yet there is 11nodeliverance from Your hand.
'12Your handsfashioned and made me daltogether , 13And would You destroy me?
9'Remembernow, that You have made me as 14clay; And would You 15turn me into dustagain?
'Did You not pour me out like milk And curdle me like cheese;
11Clothe me with skin and flesh, And knit me together with bones and sinews?
'You have 16granted me life and lovingkindness; And Your care has preserved my spirit.
'Yet 17thesethings You have concealed in Your heart; I know that this is within You:
14If I sin, then You would 18takenote of me, And 19would not acquit me of my guilt.
15'If20I am wicked, woe to me! And 21if I am righteous, I dare not lift up my head. I am sated with disgrace and econscious of my misery.
'Should my head be lifted up, 22You would hunt me like a lion; And again You would show Your 23power against me.
'You renew24Your witnessesagainst me And increase Your angertoward me; f25Hardship after hardship is with me.
'26Why then have You brought me out of the womb? Would that I had died and noeye had seen me!
'I should have been as though I had not been, Carried from womb to tomb.'
"Would He not let27my fewdaysalone? g28Withdraw from me that I may have a littlecheer21Before I go -29and I shall not return - 30To the land of darkness and 31deepshadow,
The land of uttergloom as darkness itself, Of deepshadowwithoutorder, And which shines as the darkness."