1 Man that is borne of a woman, is of few dayes, and full of trouble.
2 Hee commeth forth like a flower, and is cut downe: he fleeth also, as a shaddow and continueth not.
3 And doest thou open thine eies vpon such an one, and bringest me into iudgment with thee?
4 Who can bring a cleane thing out of an vncleane? not one.
5 Seeing his daies are determined, the number of his moneths are with thee, thou hast appointed his bounds that he cannot passe.
6 Turne from him that hee may rest, till he shall accomplish, as an hircling, his day.
7 For there is hope of a tree, if it be cut downe, that it will sprout againe, and that the tender branch thereof will not cease.
8 Though the roote thereof waxe old in the earth, and the stocke thereof die in the ground:
9 Yet through the sent of water it will bud, and bring forth boughes like a plant.
10 But man dyeth, and wasteth away; yea, man giueth vp the ghost, and where is hee?
11 As the waters faile from the sea, and the floud decayeth and dryeth vp:
12 So man lyeth downe, and riseth not, till the heauens be no more, they shall not awake; nor bee raised out of their sleepe.
13 O that thou wouldest hide mee in the graue, that thou wouldest keepe me secret, vntill thy wrath bee past, that thou wouldest appoint me a set time, and remember me.
14 If a man die, shall he liue againe? All the dayes of my appointed time will I waite, till my change come.
15 Thou shalt call, and I will answer thee: thou wilt haue a desire to the worke of thine hands.
16 For nowe thou numbrest my steppes, doest thou not watch ouer my sinne?
17 My transgression is sealed vp in a bagge, and thou sowest vp mine iniquitie.
18 And surely the mountaine falling commeth to nought: and the rocke is remoued out of his place.
19 The waters weare the stones, thou washest away the things which growe out of the dust of the earth, and thou destroyest the hope of man.
20 Thou preuailest for euer against him, and hee passeth: thou changest his countenance, and sendest him away.
21 His sonnes come to honour, and he knoweth it not; and they are brought lowe, but he perceiueth it not of them.
22 But his flesh vpon him shall haue paine, and his soule within him shall mourne.