Why are you afraid of mortal men,
of mere human beings who are as short-lived as grass? 2
who stretched out the sky 4
and founded the earth?
Why do you constantly tremble all day long 5
at the anger of the oppressor,
when he makes plans to destroy?
Where is the anger of the oppressor? 6
1 tc The plural suffix should probably be emended to the second masculine singular (which is used in v. 13). The final mem (ם) is probably dittographic; note the mem at the beginning of the next word.
2 tn Heb “Who are you that you are afraid of man who dies, and of the son of man who [as] grass is given up?” The feminine singular forms should probably be emended to the masculine singular (see v. 13). They have probably been influenced by the construction אַתְּ־הִיא (’at-hi’) in vv. 9-10.
3 tn Heb “and that you forget.”
5 tn Heb “and that you tremble constantly all the day.”