‘Remember now, that You have made me as clay; And would You turn me into dust again?
Then the Lord God formed man of dust from the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.
By the sweat of your face You will eat bread, Till you return to the ground, Because from it you were taken; For you are dust, And to dust you shall return.”
then the dust will return to the earth as it was, and the spirit will return to God who gave it.
But now, O Lord, You are our Father, We are the clay, and You our potter; And all of us are the work of Your hand.
“Remember that my life is but breath; My eye will not again see good.
If I call to the pit, ‘You are my father’; To the worm, ‘my mother and my sister’;
My strength is dried up like a potsherd, And my tongue cleaves to my jaws; And You lay me in the dust of death.
Remember, O Lord, Your compassion and Your lovingkindnesses, For they have been from of old.
Look upon my affliction and my trouble, And forgive all my sins.
Remember what my span of life is; For what vanity You have created all the sons of men!
You turn man back into dust And say, “Return, O children of men.”
Remember me, O Lord, in Your favor toward Your people; Visit me with Your salvation,
“Woe to the one who quarrels with his Maker— An earthenware vessel among the vessels of earth! Will the clay say to the potter, ‘What are you doing?’ Or the thing you are making say, ‘He has no hands’?
“Can I not, O house of Israel, deal with you as this potter does?” declares the Lord. “Behold, like the clay in the potter’s hand, so are you in My hand, O house of Israel.
Or does not the potter have a right over the clay, to make from the same lump one vessel for honorable use and another for common use?