3 And, lest man be turned aside in humiliation, you have said: Be converted, O sons of men.
4 For a thousand years before your eyes are like the days of yesterday, which have passed by, and they are like a watch of the night,
5 which was held for nothing: so their years shall be.
6 In the morning, he may pass away like grass; in the morning, he may flower and pass away. In the evening, he will fall, and harden, and become dry.
7 For, at your wrath, we have withered away, and we have been disturbed by your fury.
8 You have placed our iniquities in your sight, our age in the illumination of your countenance.
9 For all our days have faded away, and at your wrath, we have fainted. Our years will be considered to be like a spider's web.
10 The days of our years in them are seventy years. But in the powerful, they are eighty years, and more of these are with hardship and sorrow. For mildness has overwhelmed us, and we shall be corrected.
11 Who knows the power of your wrath? And, before fear, can your wrath
12 be numbered? So make known your right hand, along with men learned in heart, in wisdom.
13 Return, O Lord, how long? And may you be persuaded on behalf of your servants.
14 We were filled in the morning with your mercy, and we exulted and delighted all our days.
15 We have been rejoicing, because of the days in which you humbled us, because of the years in which we saw evils.
16 Look down upon your servants and upon their works, and direct their sons.
17 And may the splendor of the Lord our God be upon us. And so, direct the works of our hands over us; direct even the work of our hands.
Ecclesiastes 1:2; 2:21-23
2 Ecclesiastes said: Vanity of vanities! Vanity of vanities, and all is vanity!
21 For when someone labors in wisdom, and doctrine, and prudence, he leaves behind what he has obtained to one who is idle. So this, too, is emptiness and a great burden.
22 For how can a man benefit from all his labor and affliction of spirit, by which he has been tormented under the sun?
23 All his days have been filled with sorrows and hardships; neither does he rest his mind, even in the night. And is this not emptiness?
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