"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."