1“I hate my own life.
So I will complain without holding back.
And I will speak because I am so unhappy.
2I will say to God: Do not hold me guilty.
But tell me what you have against me.
3Does it make you happy to trouble me?
Don’t you care about me, the work of your own hands?
Are you happy with the plans of evil people?
4Do you have human eyes?
Do you see as a man sees?
5Are your days like the days of man?
Are your years like the years of a man?
6You look for evil I have done
and search for my sin.
7But you know I am not guilty.
And you know no one can save me from your power.
8“Your hands shaped me and made me.
But now you turn around and destroy me.
9Remember that you molded me like a piece of clay.
Now will you turn me back into dust?
10You formed me in my mother’s womb
as cheese is formed from milk.
11You put skin and flesh on me like clothing.
You sewed me together with bones and muscles.
12You gave me life and showed me kindness.
And in your care you watched over my life.
13“But in your heart you hid other plans.
I know this is what was in your mind:
14If I sinned, you would be watching me.
You would not let my sin go unpunished.
15How terrible it will be for me if I am guilty!
But even if I am right, I cannot lift my head.
I am full of shame.
It is as if I am drowning in my pain.
16If I hold up my head, you hunt me like a lion.
And again you show your terrible power against me.
17You bring new witnesses against me.
You increase your anger against me.
Your armies come against me like waves of the sea.
18“So why did you allow me to be born?
I wish I had died before anyone saw me.
19I wish I had never been born.
Or I wish I had been carried straight from birth to the grave!
20My few days of life are almost over.
Leave me alone so I can have a moment of joy.
21Soon I will leave and not return.
I will go to the land of darkness and gloom.
22It is the land of darkest night.
It is the land of gloom and confusion.
Even the light is darkness there.”