"aIs not man1forced to labor on earth, And are not his days like the days of 2a hiredman?
"As a slave who pants for the shade, And as a hiredman who eagerlywaits for his wages,
3So am I allottedmonths of vanity, And 3nights of trouble are appointed me.
4"When I 4liedown I say, 'When shall I arise?' But the nightcontinues, And I am bcontinuallytossinguntildawn.
"My 5flesh is clothed with worms and a crust of dirt, My skinhardens and runs.
"My days are 6swifterthan a weaver'sshuttle, And come to an end7withouthope.
7"Remember that my life8is but breath; My eye will 9not againseegood.
"The 10eye of him who sees me will behold me no longer; Your eyes will be on me, but 11I will not be.
"When a 12cloudvanishes, it is gone, So13he who goesdown to 14Sheol does not come up.
"He will not returnagain to his house, Nor will 15his placeknow him anymore.
11"Therefore16I will not restrain my mouth; I will speak in the anguish of my spirit, I will complain in the bitterness of my soul.
"Am I the sea, or17the seamonster, That You set a guardover me?
13"If I say, '18My bed will comfort me, My couch will cease my complaint,'
Then You frighten me with dreams And terrify me by visions;
So that my soul would choosesuffocation, Deathratherthan my dpains.
"I e19wasteaway; I will not liveforever. Leave me alone, 20for my days are but a breath.
"21What is man that You magnify him, And that You fare concernedabout him,
That 22You examine him every morning And try him every moment?
"g23Will You neverturn Your gaze away from me, Norlet me aloneuntil I swallow my spittle?
"24Have I sinned? What have I done to You, O 25watcher of men? Why have You set me as Your target, So that I am a burden to myself?
21"Why then 26do You not pardon my transgression And takeaway my iniquity? For now I will 27liedown in the dust; And You will seek me, 28but I will not be."