Life Is Short and Full of Wrath1For a mortal born of a woman is short-lived and full of wrath. 2Or as the flower blooming he falls off; and he runs away as a shadow, and in no way stands. 3Have you not also [2an account of this one 1made], and made this one to enter before you in judgment? 4For who will be clean from filth? but no one; 5if even [2be one 3day 1his existence] upon the earth, [3are counted 1and 2his months] by you. [2for 3a time 1You appointed him], and in no way shall he pass beyond. 6Separate from him! that he should be still, and he shall think well of the existence as the hireling. 7For there is [2for a tree 1hope]; for if it should be cut down, still it will bloom again, and its tender branch in no way shall fail; 8for if [2should grow old 3in 4the earth 1its root], [4in 1and 5the rock 3should come to an end 2its trunk]; 9from the scent of water it shall bloom, and shall produce a harvest as if newly planted. 10But a man coming to an end is undone; [3falling 1and 2a mortal] is no longer. 11For in time [2is depleted 1a sea], and a river being made desolate is dried up. 12But man going to sleep shall certainly not rise up, until whenever the heaven in no way shall be sewn together, and they shall not wake up from their sleep. 13For ought in Hades you guarded me, and hid me until whenever [3should cease 1your 2anger]; and should have ordered for me a time in which [2mention 3of me 1you shall make]. 14For if [2should die 1a man], shall he live again having completed the days of his existence? I shall wait until [2again 1I should exist]. 15Then you shall call, and I will hearken to you; but the works of your hands do not undo. 16But you counted my practices, and in no way shall there go by you even one of my sins. 17And you set a seal upon my lawless deeds in a bag, and marked if in anything [2unwillingly 1I violated]. 18And moreover a mountain falling shall fall into ruin, and a rock shall be worn old from out of its place. 19[3stones smooth 2ground 1Waters], and [2flooded 1waters] the steeps of the embankment of the earth; and [2the endurance 3of man 1you destroyed]. 20You thrust him through unto the end, and he is undone; you set [2against him 1your face], and send him out. 21And though there are many [2being born 1of his sons], he knows it not; if also [2few 1they become], he knows not. 22But his flesh aches, and his soul mourns.
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