What a rare, strong voice comes though these verbs, but these verbs merely prelude the poetry of the chapter’s penultimate verses:
“Have pity upon me, have pity upon me, O ye my friends; for the hand of God hath touched me.
"Why do ye persecute me as God, and are not satisfied with my flesh?
"Oh that my words were now written! Oh that they were printed in a book!
"That they were graven with an iron pen and lead in the rock for ever!
"For I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth:
"And though skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God.”
Contrast these verbs and this remarkable poetry with the drowned sentences we sometimes droll into our text messages and splice into our e-mails, and it remains little wonder that the KJV's language stands the test of time.
Let’s read the Bible, and rejoice in God’s gift to us this year.
We might even learn to write with more confidence along the way.
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