“For you say, ‘What advantage will it be to You?
What profit will I have, more than if I had sinned?’
“For he has said, ‘It profits a man nothing
When he is pleased with God.’
“I am guiltless;
I do not take notice of myself;
I despise my life.
“If I should wash myself with snow
And cleanse my hands with lye,
‘If I am wicked, woe to me!
And if I am righteous, I dare not lift up my head.
I am sated with disgrace and conscious of my misery.
‘Who is the Almighty, that we should serve Him,
And what would we gain if we entreat Him?’
“And what is the portion of God from above
Or the heritage of the Almighty from on high?
Surely in vain I have kept my heart pure
And washed my hands in innocence;
You have said, ‘It is vain to serve God; and what profit is it that we have kept His charge, and that we have walked in mourning before the Lord of hosts?