On "Woe is me, mother," up to, "'Therefore,' thus says the Lord, 'if you will return, I will restore you.'"
DEALERS OF BODIES, since they are around the sick and always give themselves freely to the cure of the sick in accordance with the purpose of the healing arts, view what is terrible1. and touch what is loathsome, and2. they reap their own pains by others' misfortunes3. and their life is always in crisis. For they are never with those who are well but always with the wounded,4. with those who have contagions, with those filled with pus, fevers, all kinds of illnesses. And if someone wants to prepare for medicine, he should not feel irritated nor should he neglect the purpose of the skill which he has adopted whenever he may be with the kind of situations we have just mentioned.
(2) I have stated this preface because the Prophets are like healers of souls, and they are always occupied wherever there are those who need treatment. For, those who are well have no need of a healer, but those who suffer,5. but what healers suffer by6.____________________