1 "My spirit is broken, My days are extinguished, The grave [is ready] for me.
2 [Are] not mockers with me? And does not my eye dwell on their provocation?
3 "Now put down a pledge for me with Yourself. Who [is] he [who] will shake hands with me?
4 For You have hidden their heart from understanding; Therefore You will not exalt [them.]
5 He who speaks flattery to [his] friends, Even the eyes of his children will fail.
6 " But He has made me a byword of the people, And I have become one in whose face men spit.
7 My eye has also grown dim because of sorrow, And all my members [are] like shadows.
8 Upright [men] are astonished at this, And the innocent stirs himself up against the hypocrite.
9 Yet the righteous will hold to his way, And he who has clean hands will be stronger and stronger.
10 " But please, come back again, all of you, For I shall not find [one] wise [man] among you.
11 My days are past, My purposes are broken off, [Even] the thoughts of my heart.
12 They change the night into day; 'The light [is] near,' [they say,] in the face of darkness.
13 If I wait [for] the grave [as] my house, If I make my bed in the darkness,
14 If I say to corruption, 'You [are] my father,' And to the worm, 'You [are] my mother and my sister,'
15 Where then [is] my hope? As for my hope, who can see it?
16 [Will] they go down to the gates of Sheol? Shall [we have] rest together in the dust?"
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