Oh that thou wouldest hide me in Sheol, that thou wouldest conceal me until thy wrath be past, that thou wouldest appoint me a set time, and remember me!
If a man die, shall he live again? All the days of my service I would wait, till my release should come.
Thou wouldest call, and I would answer thee; thou wouldest long for the work of thy hands.
For then thou wouldest number my steps, thou wouldest not keep watch over my sin;
my transgression would be sealed up in a bag, and thou wouldest cover over my iniquity.
"But the mountain falls and crumbles away, and the rock is removed from its place;
the waters wear away the stones; the torrents wash away the soil of the earth; so thou destroyest the hope of man.
Thou prevailest for ever against him, and he passes; thou changest his countenance, and sendest him away.
His sons come to honor, and he does not know it; they are brought low, and he perceives it not.
He feels only the pain of his own body, and he mourns only for himself."
Revised Standard Version of the Bible, copyright 1952 [2nd edition, 1971] by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. (Revised Standard Version - Holy Bible)