"At least there is hope for a tree:1 If it is cut down, it will sprout again, and its new shoots2 will not fail.3
Its roots may grow old in the ground and its stump4 die in the soil,
yet at the scent of water5 it will bud and put forth shoots like a plant.6
But man dies and is laid low;7 he breathes his last and is no more.8
As water disappears from the sea or a riverbed becomes parched and dry,9
so man lies down and does not rise;10 till the heavens are no more,11 men will not awake or be roused from their sleep.12
"If only you would hide me in the grave13 and conceal me till your anger has passed!14 If only you would set me a time and then remember15 me!16
If a man dies, will he live again? All the days of my hard service17 I will wait for my renewal18 to come.
You will call and I will answer you;19 you will long for the creature your hands have made.20
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