1Adam that is born of isha is of few yamim and full of rogez (unrest). 2He cometh forth like a tzitz (flower), and is cut down; he fleeth also as a tzel, and continueth not. 3And doth Thou open Thine eyes upon such a one, and bringest me into mishpat with Thee? 4Who can bring a tahor (clean thing) out of a tameh (an unclean, cf Ro 5:12)? Loh echad (No one). 5Seeing his yamim are determined, the number of his chodashim (months) are with Thee, Thou hast appointed his limits that he cannot exceed. 6Turn from him, that he may rest, till he shall accomplish, as a sachir (a hired man), his day. 7For there is tikveh of an etz, if it be cut down, that it will sprout again, and that the tender branch thereof will not cease. 8Though the shoresh (root) thereof grow old in ha'aretz, and the stump thereof die in the aphar (dust), 9Yet through the scent of mayim it will bud, and bring forth branches like a young plant. 10But gever dieth, and wasteth away; yea, adam breathes his last, and where is he? 11As the mayim flow away from the yam, and the nahar (stream) becomes parched and drieth up, 12So ish lieth down, and riseth not, till Shomayim be no more, they shall not awake, nor be raised out of their sleep. 13O that Thou wouldest hide me in Sheol, that Thou wouldest conceal me until Thy wrath has passed, that Thou wouldest appoint me a chok (set time), and remember me! 14If a gever die, shall he live again? All the days of my tzava (hard army service) will I wait, till my chalifah (changing, renewal) come. 15Thou shalt call, and I will answer Thee; Thou wilt have a desire for the ma'aseh (work) of Thine hands. 16For now Thou countest my steps. Dost Thou not watch over my chattat? 17My peysha is sealed up in a bag, and Thou would cover over mine avon. 18And surely the har (mountain) falling crumbles, and the tzur (rock) is moved out of its place. 19The mayim wear away the avanim; Thou washest away the things which grow out of the aphar aretz; and Thou destroyest the tikvat enosh. 20Thou prevailest lanetzach (forever) against him, and he passeth away; Thou changest his countenance, and sendest him away. 21His banim come to honor, and he knoweth it not; and they are brought low, but he perceiveth it not of them. 22Only his basar shall have pain upon him, and his nefesh within him shall mourn.
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