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

2 He comes forth like a flower, and is cut down: he flees also as a shadow, and continues not.

3 And do you open your eyes upon such a one, and bring me into judgment with you?

4 Who can bring a clean thing out of an unclean? no one.

5 Seeing his days are determined, the number of his months are with you, you have appointed his bounds that he cannot pass;

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

7 For there is hope for a tree, if it is cut down, that it will sprout again, and that the tender shoots thereof will not cease.

8 Though its root grows old in the earth, and its stump dies in the ground;

9 Yet at the scent of water it will bud, and bring forth branches like a plant.

10 But man dies, and wastes away: yea, man expires, and where is he?

11 As the waters fail from the sea, and the river decays and dries up:

12 So man lies down, and rises not: till the heavens be no more, they shall not awake, nor be raised out of their sleep.

13 O that you would hide me in the grave, that you would conceal me, until your wrath is past, that you would appoint me a set time, and remember me!

14 If a man dies, shall he live again? all the days of my appointed time will I wait, till my change comes.

15 You shall call, and I will answer you: you will have a desire to the work of your hands.

16 For now you number my steps: do not watch over my sin.

17 My transgression is sealed up in a bag, and you sew up my iniquity.

18 And surely the mountain falling, comes to nothing, and the rock is removed out of its place.

19 The waters wear the stones: you wash away the things which grow out of the dust of the earth; and you destroy the hope of man.

20 You prevail forever against him, and he passes: you change his countenance, and send him away.

21 His sons come to honor, and he knows it not; and they are brought low, but he perceives it not of them.

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