1Since I have lost al taste for life, I shal give free rein to my complaining; I shal let my embittered soulspeak out. 2I shal say to God, 'Do not condemn me, tel me what your case is against me. 3Is it right for you to attack me, in contempt for what you yourself have made, thus abetting theschemes of the wicked? 4Are your eyes mere human eyes, do you see as human beings see? 5Are you mortal like human beings? do your years pass as human days pass? 6You, who enquire into my faults and investigate my sins, 7you know very wel that I am innocent, and that no one can rescue me from your grasp. 8Your hands having shaped and created me, now you change your mind and mean to destroy me! 9Having made me, remember, as though of clay, now you mean to turn me back into dust! 10Did you not pour me out like milk, and then let me thicken like curds, 11clothe me with skin and flesh, and weave me of bone and sinew? 12In your love you gave me life, and in your care watched over my every breath. 13Yet, al the while, you had a secret plan: I know that you were biding your time 14to see if I should sin and then not acquit me of my faults. 15Woe to me, if I am guilty; even if I am upright, I dare not lift my head, so overwhelmed with shameand drunk with pain am I! 16Proud as a lion, you hunt me down, multiplying your exploits at my expense, 17attacking me again and again, your fury against me ever increasing, your troops assailing me, waveafter wave. 18Why did you bring me out of the womb? I should have perished then, unseen by any eye, 19a being that had never been, to be carried from womb to grave. 20The days of my life are few enough: turn your eyes away, leave me a little joy, 21before I go to the place of no return, to the land of darkness and shadow dark as death, 22where dimness and disorder hold sway, and light itself is like dead of night.
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