"Man born of woman1 is of few days2 and full of trouble.3
He springs up like a flower4 and withers away;5 like a fleeting shadow,6 he does not endure.7
Do you fix your eye on such a one?8 Will you bring him before you for judgment?9
Who can bring what is pure10 from the impure?11 No one!12
Man's days are determined;13 you have decreed the number of his months14 and have set limits he cannot exceed.15
So look away from him and let him alone,16 till he has put in his time like a hired man.17
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