1 My spirit is broken. My days are extinguished. A graveyard awaits me. 2 Surely mockers surround me and my eyes must gaze at their rebellion.
3 Make arrangements! Put up security for me. Who [else] will be my sponsor? 4 You have closed their minds to understanding, therefore You will not honor [them]. 5 If a man informs on his friends for a price, the eyes of his children will fail.
6 He has made me an object of scorn to the people; I have become a man people spit at. 7 My eyes have grown dim from grief, and my whole body has become but a shadow. 8 The upright are appalled at this, and the innocent are roused against the godless. 9 Yet the righteous person will hold to his way, and the one whose hands are clean will grow stronger. 10 But come back [and try] again, all of you. I will not find a wise man among you.
11 My days have slipped by; my plans have been ruined, even the things dear to my heart. 12 They turned night into day and [made] light [seem] near in the face of darkness. 13 If I await Sheol as my home, spread out my bed in darkness, 14 and say to the Pit: You are my father, and to the worm: My mother or my sister, 15 where then is my hope? Who can see [any] hope for me? 16 Will it go down to the gates of Sheol, or will we descend together to the dust?


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