I am nothing but skin and bones;1 I have escaped with only the skin of my teeth.
"Have pity on me, my friends,2 have pity, for the hand of God has struck3 me.
Why do you pursue4 me as God does?5 Will you never get enough of my flesh?6
"Oh, that my words were recorded, that they were written on a scroll,7
that they were inscribed with an iron tool8 on lead, or engraved in rock forever!9
I know that my Redeemer10 lives,11 and that in the end he will stand upon the earth.
And after my skin has been destroyed, yet in my flesh I will see God;12
I myself will see him with my own eyes13--I, and not another. How my heart yearns14 within me!
"If you say, 'How we will hound15 him, since the root of the trouble lies in him, '
you should fear the sword yourselves; for wrath will bring punishment by the sword,16 and then you will know that there is judgment. "17
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