7 “At least there is hope for a tree: If it is cut down, it will sprout again, and its new shoots will not fail. 8 Its roots may grow old in the ground and its stump die in the soil, 9 yet at the scent of water it will bud and put forth shoots like a plant. 10 But a man dies and is laid low; he breathes his last and is no more. 11 As the water of a lake dries up or a riverbed becomes parched and dry, 12 so he lies down and does not rise; till the heavens are no more, people will not awake or be roused from their sleep.
13 “If only you would hide me in the grave and conceal me till your anger has passed! If only you would set me a time and then remember me! 14 If someone dies, will they live again? All the days of my hard service I will wait for my renewal[a] to come. 15 You will call and I will answer you; you will long for the creature your hands have made.
23 “Oh, that my words were recorded, that they were written on a scroll, 24 that they were inscribed with an iron tool on[a] lead, or engraved in rock forever! 25 I know that my redeemer[b] lives, and that in the end he will stand on the earth.[c] 26 And after my skin has been destroyed, yet[d] in[e] my flesh I will see God; 27 I myself will see him with my own eyes—I, and not another. How my heart yearns within me!
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