The old lion perisheth for lack of prey, and the whelps of the lioness are scattered abroad.
Now a word was secretly brought to me, and mine ear received a whisper thereof.
In thoughts from the visions of the night, when deep sleep falleth on men,
Fear came upon me, and trembling, and all my bones were made to shake.
Then a spirit passed before my face, that made the hair of my flesh to stand up.
It stood still, but I could not discern the appearance thereof; a form was before mine eyes; I heard a still voice:
'Shall mortal man be just before G-d? Shall a man be pure before his Maker?
Behold, He putteth no trust in His servants, and His angels He chargeth with folly;
How much more them that dwell in houses of clay, whose foundation is in the dust, who are crushed before the moth!
Betwixt morning and evening they are shattered; they perish for ever without any regarding it.
Is not their tent-cord plucked up within them? They die, and that without wisdom.'