I said to myself concerning the sons of men, "God has surely tested them in order for them to see that they are but beasts."
Then to Adam He said, "Because you have listened to the voice of your wife, and have eaten from the tree about which I commanded you, saying, 'You shall not eat from it'; Cursed is the ground because of you; In toil you will eat of it All the days of your life.
"Man, who is born of woman, Is short-lived and full of turmoil.
But man in his pomp will not endure; He is like the beasts that perish.
As sheep they are appointed for Sheol; Death shall be their shepherd; And the upright shall rule over them in the morning, And their form shall be for Sheol to consume So that they have no habitation.
He shall go to the generation of his fathers; They will never see the light.
Against You, You only, I have sinned And done what is evil in Your sight, So that You are justified when You speak And blameless when You judge.
Surely You set them in slippery places; You cast them down to destruction.
You have swept them away like a flood, they fall asleep; In the morning they are like grass which sprouts anew.
May it never be! Rather, let God be found true, though every man be found a liar, as it is written, "THAT YOU MAY BE JUSTIFIED IN YOUR WORDS, AND PREVAIL WHEN YOU ARE JUDGED."
And He did so to make known the riches of His glory upon vessels of mercy, which He prepared beforehand for glory,
For, "ALL FLESH IS LIKE GRASS, AND ALL ITS GLORY LIKE THE FLOWER OF GRASS. THE GRASS WITHERS, AND THE FLOWER FALLS OFF,
But these, like unreasoning animals, born as creatures of instinct to be captured and killed, reviling where they have no knowledge, will in the destruction of those creatures also be destroyed,