When I observe Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, the moon and the stars, which You set in place, what is man that You remember him, the son of man that You look after him?
Where were you when I established the earth?
Tell Me, if you have understanding.
What is man, that he should be pure,
or one born of woman, that he should be righteous?
If God puts no trust in His servants and He charges His angels with foolishness, how much more those who dwell in clay houses, whose foundation is in the dust, who are crushed like a moth!
Can a man be of [any] use to God? Can even a wise man be of use to Him? Does it delight the Almighty if you are righteous? Does He profit if you perfect your behavior? Does He correct you and take you to court because of your piety? read more.
Isn't your wickedness abundant and aren't your iniquities endless?
How can a person be justified before God? How can one born of woman be pure? If even the moon does not shine and the stars are not pure in His sight, how much less man, who is a maggot, and the son of man, who is a worm!
Do you think it is just when you say, "I am righteous before God"? For you ask, "What does it profit You, and what benefit comes to me, if I do not sin?" I will answer you and your friends with you. read more.
Look at the heavens and see; gaze at the clouds high above you. If you sin, how does it affect God? If you multiply your transgressions, what does it do to Him? If you are righteous, what do you give Him, or what does He receive from your hand? Your wickedness [affects] a person like yourself, and your righteousness [another] human being.
Have you ever in your life commanded the morning or assigned the dawn its place, so it may seize the edges of the earth and shake the wicked out of it?
Lord, what is man, that You care for him, the son of man, that You think of him? Man is like a breath; his days are like a passing shadow.