I said, O my God, take me not away in the midst of my days, You Whose years continue throughout all generations.
The righteous man perishes, and no one lays it to heart; and merciful and devout men are taken away, with no one considering that the uncompromisingly upright and godly person is taken away from the calamity and evil to come [even through wickedness].
His bones are full of youthful energy, but it will lie down with him in the dust.
Men who were snatched away before their time, whose foundations were poured out like a stream [during the flood]?
[Although all have sinned] be not wicked overmuch or willfully, neither be foolish -- "why should you die before your time?
I said, In the noontide and tranquillity of my days I must depart; I am to pass through the gates of Sheol (the place of the dead), deprived of the remainder of my years.
They keep crying to their mothers, Where is corn and wine [food and drink]? as they faint like wounded men in the streets of the city, as their lives ebb away on their mothers' bosom.
They die in youth, and their life perishes among the unclean (those who are sodomites).