Isaiah 38:10-20 (New American Standard)

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10 I said, "1In the middle of my alife I am to enter the 2gates of Sheol; I am to be 3deprived of the rest of my years." 11 I said, "I will not see the LORD, The LORD 4in the land of the living; I will look on man no more among the inhabitants of the world. 12 "Like a shepherd's 5tent my dwelling is pulled up and removed from me; As a 6weaver I 7rolled up my life. He 8cuts me off from the loom; From 9day until night You make an end of me. 13 "I composed my soul until morning. 10Like a lion -so He 11breaks all my bones, From 12day until night You make an end of me. 14 "13Like a swallow, like a crane, so I twitter; I 14moan like a dove; My 15eyes look wistfully to the heights; O Lord, I am oppressed, be my 16security. 15 "17What shall I say? bFor He has spoken to me, and He Himself has done it; I will 18wander about all my years because of the 19bitterness of my soul. 16 "O Lord, 20by these things men live, And in all these is the life of my spirit; c21O restore me to health and 22let me live! 17 "Lo, for my own welfare I had great bitterness; It is You who has d23kept my soul from the pit of enothingness, For You have 24cast all my sins behind Your back. 18 "For 25Sheol cannot thank You, Death cannot praise You; Those who go down 26to the pit cannot hope for Your faithfulness. 19 "It is the 27living who give thanks to You, as I do today; A 28father tells his sons about Your faithfulness. 20 "The LORD will surely save me; So we will 29play my songs on stringed instruments 30All the days of our life 31at the house of the LORD."
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