25 “My days are swifter than a runner; they fly away without a glimpse of joy.

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26 They skim past like boats of papyrus, like eagles swooping down on their prey.

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27 If I say, ‘I will forget my complaint, I will change my expression, and smile,’

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28 I still dread all my sufferings, for I know you will not hold me innocent.

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29 Since I am already found guilty, why should I struggle in vain?

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      30 Even if I washed myself with soap and my hands with cleansing powder,

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      31 you would plunge me into a slime pit so that even my clothes would detest me.

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      32 “He is not a mere mortal like me that I might answer him, that we might confront each other in court.

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      33 If only there were someone to mediate between us, someone to bring us together,

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          34 someone to remove God’s rod from me, so that his terror would frighten me no more.

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          35 Then I would speak up without fear of him, but as it now stands with me, I cannot.

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