He has made my skin and my flesh grow old(A)
    and has broken my bones.(B)

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13 I waited patiently(A) till dawn,
    but like a lion he broke(B) all my bones;(C)
    day and night(D) you made an end of me.

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Let me hear joy and gladness;(A)
    let the bones(B) you have crushed rejoice.

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17 “Israel is a scattered flock(A)
    that lions(B) have chased away.
The first to devour(C) them
    was the king(D) of Assyria;
the last to crush their bones(E)
    was Nebuchadnezzar(F) king(G) of Babylon.”

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For my days vanish like smoke;(A)
    my bones(B) burn like glowing embers.
My heart is blighted and withered like grass;(C)
    I forget to eat my food.(D)
In my distress I groan aloud(E)
    and am reduced to skin and bones.

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Your arrows(A) have pierced me,
    and your hand has come down on me.
Because of your wrath there is no health(B) in my body;
    there is no soundness in my bones(C) because of my sin.
My guilt has overwhelmed(D) me
    like a burden too heavy to bear.(E)

My wounds(F) fester and are loathsome(G)
    because of my sinful folly.(H)
I am bowed down(I) and brought very low;
    all day long I go about mourning.(J)
My back is filled with searing pain;(K)
    there is no health(L) in my body.
I am feeble and utterly crushed;(M)
    I groan(N) in anguish of heart.(O)

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Be merciful to me, Lord, for I am in distress;(A)
    my eyes grow weak with sorrow,(B)
    my soul and body(C) with grief.
10 My life is consumed by anguish(D)
    and my years by groaning;(E)
my strength fails(F) because of my affliction,[a](G)
    and my bones grow weak.(H)

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Footnotes

  1. Psalm 31:10 Or guilt

When I kept silent,(A)
    my bones wasted away(B)
    through my groaning(C) all day long.

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14 I am poured out like water,
    and all my bones are out of joint.(A)
My heart has turned to wax;(B)
    it has melted(C) within me.

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You have shriveled me up—and it has become a witness;
    my gauntness(A) rises up and testifies against me.(B)
God assails me and tears(C) me in his anger(D)
    and gnashes his teeth at me;(E)
    my opponent fastens on me his piercing eyes.(F)

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