"Man who is 1born of a woman is 2few of days and 3full of trouble.
He comes out like 4a flower and 5withers; he flees like 6a shadow and continues not.
And do you 7open your eyes on such a one and 8bring me into judgment with you?
Who can bring 9a clean thing out of an unclean? There is not one.
Since his 10days are determined, and 11the number of his months is with you, and you have appointed his limits that he cannot pass,
12look away from him and leave him alone, that he may enjoy, like 13a hired hand, his day.
"For there is hope for a tree, if it be cut down, that it will sprout again, and that its shoots will not cease.
Though its root grow old in the earth, and 14its stump die in the soil,
yet at the scent of water it will bud and put out 15branches like a young plant.
But a man dies and is laid low; man breathes his last, and 16where is he?
17As waters fail from a lake and a river wastes away and dries up,
so a man lies down and rises not again; till 18the heavens are no more he will not awake or be 19roused out of his sleep.
Oh that you would 20hide me in 21Sheol, that you would 22conceal me 23until your wrath be past, that you would appoint me a set time, and remember me!
If a man dies, shall he live again? All the days of my 24service I would 25wait, till my renewal should come.
You would 26call, and I would answer you; you would long for the 27work of your hands.
For then you would 28number my steps; you would not keep 29watch over my sin;
my transgression would be 30sealed up in a bag, and you would cover over my iniquity.
"But the mountain falls and 31crumbles away, and 32the rock is removed from its place;
the waters wear away the stones; the torrents wash away the soil of the earth; so you destroy the hope of man.
You prevail forever against him, and he passes; you change his countenance, and send him away.
His sons come to honor, and he 33does 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."