"Have pity on me, my friends,1 have pity, for the hand of God has struck2 me.
Why do you pursue3 me as God does?4 Will you never get enough of my flesh?5
"Oh, that my words were recorded, that they were written on a scroll,6
that they were inscribed with an iron tool7 on lead, or engraved in rock forever!8
I know that my Redeemer9 lives,10 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;11
I myself will see him with my own eyes12--I, and not another. How my heart yearns13 within me!
"If you say, 'How we will hound14 him, since the root of the trouble lies in him, '
you should fear the sword yourselves; for wrath will bring punishment by the sword,15 and then you will know that there is judgment. "16
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