“You chastise mortals
In punishment for sin.
You consume like a moth
What is dear to him.
Surely everyone is a mere breath.”
God chastises mortals for their sins. In other words, what happens to you is deserved because you have sinned. God is like a moth that consumes anything that gets close to him. In reality, everyone is really like a mere breath of God, not more significant than that. This section ends with a musical pause, a Selah.