10 “I am disgusted with my life and loathe it! I will give free expression to my complaint; I will speak in the bitterness of my soul. 2 “I will say to God, ‘Do not condemn me [and declare me guilty]! Show me why You contend and argue and struggle with me. 3 ‘Does it indeed seem right to You to oppress, To despise and reject the work of Your hands, And to look with favor on the schemes of the wicked? 4 ‘Do You have eyes of flesh? Do You see as a man sees? 5 ‘Are Your days as the days of a mortal, Are Your years as man’s years, 6 That You seek my guilt And search for my sin? 7 ‘Although You know that I am not guilty or wicked, Yet there is no one who can rescue me from Your hand.
8 ‘Your hands have formed and made me altogether. Would You [turn around and] destroy me? 9 ‘Remember now, that You have made me as clay; So will You turn me into dust again? 10 ‘Have You not poured me out like milk And curdled me like cheese? 11 ‘[You have] clothed me with skin and flesh, And knit me together with bones and sinews. 12 ‘You have granted me life and lovingkindness; And Your providence (divine care, supervision) has preserved my spirit. 13 ‘Yet these [present evils] You have hidden in Your heart [since my creation]: I know that this was within You [in Your purpose and thought]. 14 ‘If I sin, then You would take note and observe me, And You would not acquit me of my guilt. 15 ‘If I am wicked, woe to me [for judgment comes]! And if I am righteous, I dare not lift up my head. For I am sated and filled with disgrace and the sight of my misery. 16 ‘Should I lift my head up, You would hunt me like a lion; And again You would show Your marvelous power against me. 17 ‘You renew Your witnesses against me And increase Your indignation and anger toward me; Hardship after hardship is with me [attacking me time after time].
18 ‘Why then did You bring me out of the womb? Would that I had perished and no eye had seen me! 19 ‘I should have been as though I had not existed; [I should have been] carried from the womb to the grave.’ 20 “Would He not let my few days alone, Withdraw from me that I may have a little cheer 21 Before I go—and I shall not return— To the land of darkness and the deep shadow [of death], 22 The [sunless] land of utter gloom as darkness itself, [The land] of the shadow of death, without order, And [where] it shines as [thick] darkness.”
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