Life Is Short and Full of Wrath1 For a mortal born of a woman is short-lived and full of wrath. 2 Or as the flower blooming he falls off; and he runs away as a shadow, and in no way stands. 3 Have you not also [2an account of this one 1made], and made this one to enter before you in judgment? 4 For who will be clean from filth? but no one; 5 if 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. 6 Separate from him! that he should be still, and he shall think well of the existence as the hireling. 7 For 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; 8 for if [2should grow old 3in 4the earth 1its root], [4in 1and 5the rock 3should come to an end 2its trunk]; 9 from the scent of water it shall bloom, and shall produce a harvest as if newly planted. 10 But a man coming to an end is undone; [3falling 1and 2a mortal] is no longer. 11 For in time [2is depleted 1a sea], and a river being made desolate is dried up. 12 But 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. 13 For 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]. 14 For if [2should die 1a man], shall he live again having completed the days of his existence? I shall wait until [2again 1I should exist]. 15 Then you shall call, and I will hearken to you; but the works of your hands do not undo. 16 But you counted my practices, and in no way shall there go by you even one of my sins. 17 And you set a seal upon my lawless deeds in a bag, and marked if in anything [2unwillingly 1I violated]. 18 And 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]. 20 You thrust him through unto the end, and he is undone; you set [2against him 1your face], and send him out. 21 And though there are many [2being born 1of his sons], he knows it not; if also [2few 1they become], he knows not. 22 But his flesh aches, and his soul mourns.
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