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1 Man [that is] born of a woman [is] of few days, and full of trouble.

2 He shooteth foorth as a flowre, and is cut downe: he vanisheth also as a shadowe, and continueth not.

3 And dost thou open thine eyes upon such an one, and bringest me into judgment with thee?

4 Who can bring a cleane thing out of filthinesse? there is not one.

5 Are not his dayes determined? the nober of his moneths are with thee: thou hast appointed his boundes, which he can not passe.

6 Turn from him, that he may rest, till he shall accomplish, as an hireling, his day.

7 For there is hope of a tree, if it bee cut downe, that it will yet sproute, and the branches thereof will not cease.

8 Though the roote of it waxe olde in the earth, & the stocke thereof be dead in ye ground,

9 Yet by the sent of water it will bud, and bring foorth boughes like a plant.

10 But man dieth, and wasteth away: yea, man giveth up the ghost, and where [is] he?

11 As the waters passe from the sea, and as the flood decayeth and dryeth vp,

12 So man sleepeth and riseth not: for hee shall not wake againe, nor be raised from his sleepe till the heauen be no more.

13 O that thou wouldest hide me in the grave, that thou wouldest keep me secret, until thy wrath be past, that thou wouldest appoint me a set time, and remember me!

14 If a man die, shall he live [again]? all the days of my appointed time will I wait, till my change come.

15 Thou shalt call, and I will answer thee: thou wilt have a desire to the work of thine hands.

16 But nowe thou nombrest my steppes, and doest not delay my sinnes.

17 My transgression [is] sealed up in a bag, and thou sewest up mine iniquity.

18 And surely the mountain falling cometh to nought, and the rock is removed out of his place.

19 As the water breaketh the stones, when thou ouerflowest the things which growe in the dust of ye earth: so thou destroyest ye hope of man.

20 Thou preuailest alway against him, so that he passeth away: he changeth his face when thou castest him away.

21 And he knoweth not if his sonnes shall be honourable, neither shall he vnderstand concerning them, whether they shalbe of lowe degree,

22 But his flesh upon him shall have pain, and his soul within him shall mourn.