1 Man that is born of a woman is of few days, and full of trouble.
1 Human beings born by women are short-lived and full of trouble.
1 “Man, who is born of a woman,Is short-lived and full of turmoil.
2 He cometh forth like a flower, and is cut down: he fleeth also as a shadow, and continueth not.
2 He springs up like a flower and then withers. Like a shadow, he disappears and doesn't last.
2 “Like a flower he comes forth and withers;He also flees like a shadow and does not remain.
3 And dost thou open thine eyes upon such an one, and bringest me into judgment with thee?
3 Indeed, have you opened your eyes on one like this to bring me into a legal fight with you?
3 “You also open Your eyes upon himAnd bring him into judgment with Yourself.
5 Seeing his days are determined, the number of his months are with thee, thou hast appointed his bounds that he cannot pass;
5 Since his days have been determined, the number of his months is known to you. You've set his limit and he cannot exceed it.
5 “Since his days are determined,The number of his months is with You [in Your control],And You have made his limits so he cannot pass [his allotted time].
6 Turn from him, that he may rest, till he shall accomplish, as an hireling, his day.
6 Look away from him and leave him alone, so he can enjoy his time, like a hired worker."
6 “[O God] turn your gaze from him so that he may rest,Until he fulfills his day [on earth] like a hired man.
7 For there is hope of a tree, if it be cut down, that it will sprout again, and that the tender branch thereof will not cease.
7 There is hope for a tree:If it is cut down, it will sprout again,and its shoots will not die.
7 "There is hope for the tree, if it is cut down, that it will sprout again, and that its shoots won't stop growing.
7 “For there is hope for a tree,If it is cut down, that it will sprout again,And that the shoots of it will not cease nor fail, [but there is no such hope for man].
8 “Though its roots grow old in the groundAnd its stump dies in the dry soil,
8 Though the root thereof wax old in the earth, and the stock thereof die in the ground;
8 If its roots grow old in the groundand its stump starts to die in the soil,
8 Even if its roots have grown ancient in the earth, and its stump begins to rot in the ground,
8 “Though its roots grow old in the earthAnd its stump dies in the dry soil,
9 At the scent of water it will flourishAnd put forth sprigs like a plant.
9 Yet through the scent of water it will bud, and bring forth boughs like a plant.
9 the presence of water will make it to bud so that it sprouts new branches like a young plant.
9 Yet at the scent of water [the stump of the tree] will flourishAnd bring forth sprigs and shoots like a seedling.
10 But man dieth, and wasteth away: yea, man giveth up the ghost, and where is he?
10 But a man dies and fades away;he breathes his last—where is he?
10 "But when a person dies and wastes away, when a person breathes his last, where will he be?
10 “But [the brave, strong] man must die and lie face down;Man breathes his last, and where is he?
11 As the waters fail from the sea, and the flood decayeth and drieth up:
11 As water disappears from the seaand a river becomes parched and dry,
11 As water disappears from the sea, or water evaporates from a river,
11 “As water evaporates from the sea,And a river drains and dries up,
12 So man lieth down, and riseth not: till the heavens be no more, they shall not awake, nor be raised out of their sleep.
12 so also a person lies down and does not get up; they won't awaken until the heavens are no more, nor will they arise from their sleep."
12 So man lies down and does not rise [again].Until the heavens are no longer,The dead will not awake nor be raised from their sleep.
13 O that thou wouldest hide me in the grave, that thou wouldest keep me secret, until thy wrath be past, that thou wouldest appoint me a set time, and remember me!
13 "Won't you keep me safe in the afterlife? Conceal me until your anger subsides. Set an appointment for me, then remember me.
13 “Oh, that You would hide me in Sheol (the nether world, the place of the dead),That You would conceal me until Your wrath is past,That You would set a definite time and then remember me [and in Your lovingkindness imprint me on your heart]!
14 “If a man dies, will he live again?All the days of my struggle I will waitUntil my change comes.
14 If a man die, shall he live again? all the days of my appointed time will I wait, till my change come.
14 If a human being dies, will he live again? I will endure the entire time of my assigned service, until I am changed.
15 Thou shalt call, and I will answer thee: thou wilt have a desire to the work of thine hands.
15 You'll call and I'll answer you; you'll long for your creatures that your hands have made.
15 “[Then] You will call, and I will answer You;You will long for [me] the work of Your hands.
16 For now thou numberest my steps: dost thou not watch over my sin?
16 Then you'll certainly count every step I took, but you won't keep an inventory of my sin.
16 “But now You number [each of] my steps;You do not observe nor take note of my sin.
17 My transgression is sealed up in a bag, and thou sewest up mine iniquity.
17 My rebellion would be sealed up in a bag,and You would cover over my iniquity.
17 My transgressions would be sealed up in a bag; you would cover over my sins.
17 “My transgression is sealed up in a bag,And You cover my wickedness [from Your view].
18 And surely the mountain falling cometh to nought, and the rock is removed out of his place.
18 But as a mountain collapses and crumblesand a rock is dislodged from its place,
18 "Mountains fall and crumble; rocks are dislodged from their places.
18 “But as a mountain, if it falls, crumbles into nothing,And as the rock is moved from its place,
19 The waters wear the stones: thou washest away the things which grow out of the dust of the earth; and thou destroyest the hope of man.
19 Water wears away stones; floods wash away topsoil from the land but you destroy the hope of human beings just like that!
19 Water wears away the stones,Its floods and torrents wash away the soil of the earth,So You [O Lord] destroy the hope of man.
20 Thou prevailest for ever against him, and he passeth: thou changest his countenance, and sendest him away.
20 You completely overpower him, and he passes on;You change his appearance and send him away.
20 You overpower him once and for all, and then he departs; you change his appearance and then send him away.
20 “You prevail forever against him and overpower him, and he passes on;You change his appearance and send him away [from the presence of the living].
21 His sons come to honour, and he knoweth it not; and they are brought low, but he perceiveth it not of them.
21 "If his children are honored, he doesn't know it; if they become insignificant, he never perceives it.
21 “His sons achieve honor, and he does not know it;They become insignificant, and he is not aware of it.
22 But his flesh upon him shall have pain, and his soul within him shall mourn.
22 He feels only the pain of his own bodyand mourns only for himself.
22 He feels only his own pain, and grieves only for himself."
22 “But his body [lamenting its decay] grieves in pain over it,And his soul mourns over [the loss of] himself.”
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