New International Version
I am nothing but skin and bones; I have escaped only by the skin of my teeth.
King James Bible
My bone cleaveth to my skin and to my flesh, and I am escaped with the skin of my teeth.
Darby Bible Translation
My bones cleave to my skin and to my flesh, and I am escaped with the skin of my teeth.
World English Bible
My bones stick to my skin and to my flesh. I have escaped by the skin of my teeth.
Young's Literal Translation
To my skin and to my flesh Cleaved hath my bone, And I deliver myself with the skin of my teeth.
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
My bone cleaveth to my skin - My flesh is entirely wasted away, and nothing but skin and bone left.
I am escaped with the skin of my teeth - I have had the most narrow escape. If I still live, it is a thing to be wondered at, my sufferings and privations have been so great. To escape with the skin of the teeth seems to have been a proverbial expression, signifying great difficulty. I had as narrow an escape from death, as the thickness of the enamel on the teeth. I was within a hair's breadth of destruction; see on Job 19:11 (note).
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I know that my Redeemer liveth.--JOB 19:25. If, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.--This man, because he continueth ever, hath an unchangeable priesthood. Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them. Because I live, ye shall live also.--If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable. …
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I Know that My Redeemer Liveth
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Even the dust of your town we wipe from our feet as a warning to you. Yet be sure of this: The kingdom of God has come near.'
But now stretch out your hand and strike his flesh and bones, and he will surely curse you to your face."
You have shriveled me up--and it has become a witness; my gauntness rises up and testifies against me.
Their flesh wastes away to nothing, and their bones, once hidden, now stick out.
In my distress I groan aloud and am reduced to skin and bones.
But now they are blacker than soot; they are not recognized in the streets. Their skin has shriveled on their bones; it has become as dry as a stick.
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