1 My soul is weary of my life; I will leave my complaint upon myself; I will speak in the bitterness of my soul.
1 "I am disgusted with living, so I'm going to talk about my complaint freely. I'll speak out from the bitterness of my soul.
1 “I am disgusted with my life and loathe it!I will give free expression to my complaint;I will speak in the bitterness of my soul.
2 I will say unto God, Do not condemn me; shew me wherefore thou contendest with me.
2 I will say to God:“Do not declare me guilty!Let me know why You prosecute me.
2 I'll say to God, "Don't condemn me! Let me know why you are fighting me.
2 “I will say to God, ‘Do not condemn me [and declare me guilty]!Show me why You contend and argue and struggle with me.
3 Is it good unto thee that thou shouldest oppress, that thou shouldest despise the work of thine hands, and shine upon the counsel of the wicked?
3 Does it delight you to oppress or despise what you have made, while you smile at the plans of the wicked?
3 ‘Does it indeed seem right to You to oppress,To despise and reject the work of Your hands,And to look with favor on the schemes of the wicked?
5 Are thy days as the days of man? are thy years as man's days,
5 Can you live only as long as a human being? Or live the years of a mortal man?
5 ‘Are Your days as the days of a mortal,Are Your years as man’s years,
7 Thou knowest that I am not wicked; and there is none that can deliver out of thine hand.
7 even though You know that I am not wickedand that there is no one who can deliver from Your hand?
7 Although you know that I'm not guilty, there's no one to deliver me from you!
7 ‘Although You know that I am not guilty or wicked,Yet there is no one who can rescue me from Your hand.
8 Thine hands have made me and fashioned me together round about; yet thou dost destroy me.
8 “Your hands shaped me and formed me.Will You now turn and destroy me?
8 Your hands formed and fashioned me, but then you have destroyed me all at once on all sides.
8 ‘Your hands have formed and made me altogether.Would You [turn around and] destroy me?
9 Remember, I beseech thee, that thou hast made me as the clay; and wilt thou bring me into dust again?
9 ""Please remember that you've made me like clay and you'll return me to dust.
9 ‘Remember now, that You have made me as clay;So will You turn me into dust again?
10 ‘Did You not pour me out like milkAnd curdle me like cheese;
10 Hast thou not poured me out as milk, and curdled me like cheese?
10 Did You not pour me out like milkand curdle me like cheese?
10 Didn't you pour me out like milk and let me congeal like cheese?
10 ‘Have You not poured me out like milkAnd curdled me like cheese?
11 Clothe me with skin and flesh,And knit me together with bones and sinews?
11 Thou hast clothed me with skin and flesh, and hast fenced me with bones and sinews.
11 You clothed me with skin and flesh,and wove me together with bones and tendons.
11 You covered me with skin and flesh, weaving me together with bones and sinews.
11 ‘[You have] clothed me with skin and flesh,And knit me together with bones and sinews.
12 Thou hast granted me life and favour, and thy visitation hath preserved my spirit.
12 You gave me life and faithful love,and Your care has guarded my life.
12 You gave life and gracious love to me; your providential care has preserved my spirit.
12 ‘You have granted me life and lovingkindness;And Your providence (divine care, supervision) has preserved my spirit.
13 And these things hast thou hid in thine heart: I know that this is with thee.
13 But you've hidden these things in your heart I know this was your purpose:
13 ‘Yet these [present evils] You have hidden in Your heart [since my creation]:I know that this was within You [in Your purpose and thought].
14 If I sin, then thou markest me, and thou wilt not acquit me from mine iniquity.
14 If I sin, you watch me and won't acquit me for my iniquity.
14 ‘If I sin, then You would take note and observe me,And You would not acquit me of my guilt.
15 If I be wicked, woe unto me; and if I be righteous, yet will I not lift up my head. I am full of confusion; therefore see thou mine affliction;
15 ""Woe to me if I'm guilty! If I'm innocent, I cannot lift my head, because I am filled with disgrace. Look at my affliction!
15 ‘If I am wicked, woe to me [for judgment comes]!And if I am righteous, I dare not lift up my head.For I am sated and filled with disgrace and the sight of my misery.
16 For it increaseth. Thou huntest me as a fierce lion: and again thou shewest thyself marvellous upon me.
16 But if I do lift up my head, you will hunt me like a lion! You will perform miracles in order to fight against me.
16 ‘Should I lift my head up, You would hunt me like a lion;And again You would show Your marvelous power against me.
17 Thou renewest thy witnesses against me, and increasest thine indignation upon me; changes and war are against me.
17 ""You have brought new witnesses against me, you're even more angry with me you've brought fresh troops to attack me!
17 ‘You renew Your witnesses against meAnd increase Your indignation and anger toward me;Hardship after hardship is with me [attacking me time after time].
18 Wherefore then hast thou brought me forth out of the womb? Oh that I had given up the ghost, and no eye had seen me!
18 So why did you bring me out from the womb? I wish I had died, before anyone had seen me,
18 ‘Why then did You bring me out of the womb?Would that I had perished and no eye had seen me!
19 ‘I should have been as though I had not been,Carried from womb to tomb.’
19 I should have been as though I had not been; I should have been carried from the womb to the grave.
19 as if I had never existed; carried from the womb to the grave.
19 ‘I should have been as though I had not existed;[I should have been] carried from the womb to the grave.’
20 Are not my days few? cease then, and let me alone, that I may take comfort a little,
20 My days are so few, aren't they? So leave me alone, then, so I can smile a little
20 “Would He not let my few days alone,Withdraw from me that I may have a little cheer
21 Before I go whence I shall not return, even to the land of darkness and the shadow of death;
21 before I go, never to return, leaving for the land of deep darkness and shadow.
21 Before I go—and I shall not return—To the land of darkness and the deep shadow [of death],
22 The land of utter gloom as darkness itself,Of deep shadow without order,And which shines as the darkness.”
22 A land of darkness, as darkness itself; and of the shadow of death, without any order, and where the light is as darkness.
22 It's a gloomy land, like deepest darkness; where there's no order, and where even the brightness is like darkness.'"
22 The [sunless] land of utter gloom as darkness itself,[The land] of the shadow of death, without order,And [where] it shines as [thick] darkness.”
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