Everything was fine with me, but God broke me into pieces; he held me by the neck and crushed me. He has made me his target;
his archers surround me. He stabs my kidneys without mercy; he spills my blood on the ground.
Again and again God attacks me; he runs at me like a soldier.
"I have sewed rough cloth over my skin to show my sadness and have buried my face in the dust.
My face is red from crying; I have dark circles around my eyes.
Yet my hands have never done anything cruel, and my prayer is pure.
"Earth, please do not cover up my blood. Don't let my cry ever stop being heard!
Even now I have one who speaks for me in heaven; the one who is on my side is high above.
The one who speaks for me is my friend. My eyes pour out tears to God.
He begs God on behalf of a human as a person begs for his friend.
"Only a few years will pass before I go on the journey of no return.