By the Skin of the Teeth

Oct 03 2019


Did you know that the phrase “by the skin of my teeth” is a phrase from the Bible book of Job? 

Job 19:20
My bone clings to my skin and to my flesh, and I have escaped by the skin of my teeth.

Anyway, I digress. My bones and skin are just fine, but this poor blog has been on a starvation diet. Life has this knack of overwhelming its inhabitants. A month ago, I’d received a notice that this domain was set to expire, and I was willing to let it go. But at the last minute (literally), I decided to save it for one more year. Not that anyone is reading this… my posts are so sparse and sporadic that I have surely repelled all readers by now. People like updates and I have failed miserably. Oh well, I’ve been through times when it’s just me, and that’s OK. 

Oddly enough, this is from Job chapter 19:

19 All my associates abhor me,
And those I love have turned against me.

20 My bone clings to my skin and my flesh,
And I have escaped only by the skin of my teeth.

21 Pity me, pity me, O you my friends,
For the hand of God has struck me.

22 Why do you persecute me as God does,
And are not satisfied with my flesh?

23 Oh that my words were written!
Oh that they were inscribed in a book!

24 That with an iron stylus and lead
They were engraved in the rock forever!

25 As for me, I know that my Redeemer lives,
And at the last He will take His stand on the earth.

26 Even after my skin is destroyed,
Yet from my flesh I shall see God;

27 Whom I myself shall behold,
And whom my eyes will see and not another.

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