Again and again1 he bursts upon me; he rushes at me like a warrior.2
"I have sewed sackcloth3 over my skin and buried my brow in the dust.4
My face is red with weeping,5 deep shadows ring my eyes;6
yet my hands have been free of violence7 and my prayer is pure.8
"O earth, do not cover my blood;9 may my cry10 never be laid to rest!11
Even now my witness12 is in heaven;13 my advocate is on high.14
My intercessor15 is my friend16 as my eyes pour out17 tears18 to God;
on behalf of a man he pleads19 with God as a man pleads for his friend.
"Only a few years will pass before I go on the journey of no return.20
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