"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."