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10 In the noontime of life[a] I said,
    I must depart!
To the gates of Sheol I have been consigned
    for the rest of my years.(A)
11 I said, I shall see the Lord[b] no more
    in the land of the living.
Nor look on any mortals
    among those who dwell in the world.
12 My dwelling, like a shepherd’s tent,
    is struck down and borne away from me;
You have folded up my life, like a weaver
    who severs me from the last thread.[c](B)
From morning to night you make an end of me;

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  1. 38:10 In the noontime of life: long before the end of a full span of life; cf. Ps 55:24; 102:25.
  2. 38:11 See the Lord: go to the Temple and take part in its service.
  3. 38:12 These two metaphors emphasize the suddenness and finality of death.