1“I hate my life,
so I will complain without holding back;
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 hands?
Are you happy with the plans of evil people?
4Do you have human eyes
that see as we see?
5Are your days like the days of humans,
and your years like our years?
6You look for the evil I have done
and search for my sin.
7You know I am not guilty,
but no one can save me from your power.
8“Your hands shaped and made me.
Do you now turn around and destroy me?
9Remember that you molded me like a piece of clay.
Will you now turn me back into dust?
10You formed me inside my mother
like cheese formed from milk.
11You dressed me with skin and flesh;
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 was in your mind.
14If I sinned, you would watch me
and would not let my sin go unpunished.
15How terrible it will be for me if I am guilty!
Even if I am right, I cannot lift my head.
I am full of shame
and experience only pain.
16If I hold up my head, you hunt me like a lion
and again show your terrible power against me.
17You bring new witnesses against me
and increase your anger against me.
Your armies come against me.
18“So why did you allow me to be born?
I wish I had died before anyone saw me.
19I wish I had never lived,
but had been carried straight from birth to the grave.
20The few days of my life are almost over.
Leave me alone so I can have a moment of joy.
21Soon I will leave; I will not return
from the land of darkness and gloom,
22the land of darkest night,
from the land of gloom and confusion,
where even the light is darkness.”