So Moses said to the Lord, “Why have You been so hard on Your servant? And why have I not found favor in Your sight, that You have laid the burden of all this people on me?
How can I alone bear the load and burden of you and your strife?
Then Moses returned to the Lord and said, “O Lord, why have You brought harm to this people? Why did You ever send me?
So Moses cried out to the Lord, saying, “What shall I do to this people? A little more and they will stone me.”
So if You are going to deal thus with me, please kill me at once, if I have found favor in Your sight, and do not let me see my wretchedness.”
“I will say to God, ‘Do not condemn me;
Let me know why You contend with me.
If You, Lord, should mark iniquities,
O Lord, who could stand?
And do not enter into judgment with Your servant,
For in Your sight no man living is righteous.
Woe to me, my mother, that you have borne me
As a man of strife and a man of contention to all the land!
I have not lent, nor have men lent money to me,
Yet everyone curses me.
Why has my pain been perpetual
And my wound incurable, refusing to be healed?
Will You indeed be to me like a deceptive stream
With water that is unreliable?
O Lord, You have deceived me and I was deceived;
You have overcome me and prevailed.
I have become a laughingstock all day long;
Everyone mocks me.
Cursed be the day when I was born;
Let the day not be blessed when my mother bore me!
The Lord’s lovingkindnesses indeed never cease,
For His compassions never fail.
Why should any living mortal, or any man,
Offer complaint in view of his sins?
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?
Apart from such external things, there is the daily pressure on me of concern for all the churches.