Dark Saturday ABC
Dark Saturday – A Women’s Lectionary
1 “A mortal,A born of woman,B few of days and fullC of trouble,D
2 comes up like a flowerE and withers,F
flees like a shadowG and does not last.H
3 Do you fixI your eyes on such a one?
Do you bring me into judgmentJ with you?
4 Who can bring a cleanK thing out of an unclean?L
No one can.
5 Since their days are determined,M
and the number of their months is known to you,
and you have appointed the boundsN that they cannot pass,O
6 lookP away from them, and desist,Q
that they may enjoy,R like laborers, their days.
7 “For there is hopeS for a tree,T
if it is cut down,U that it will sproutV again,
and that its shootsW will not cease.
8 Though its root grows oldX in the earth,
and its stump dies in the ground,Y
9 yet at the scentZ of water it will bud
and put forth branches like a young plant.
10 But mortalsAA die, and are laid low;
humans expire,BB and where are they?
11 As waters failCC from a lake,DD
and a riverEE wastes awayFF and dries up,
12 so mortalsGG lie down and do not riseHH again;
until the heavensII are no more, they will not awakeJJ
or be roused out of their sleep.
13 O that you would hideKK me in Sheol,LL
that you would concealMM me until your wrathNN is past,OO
that you would appoint me a set time, and rememberPP me!
14 If mortals die, will they live again?
All the days of my serviceQQ I would waitRR
until my releaseSS should come,
Image Credit: Job in the Knesset Menorah