A prayer of one afflicted, when he is faint and pours out his complaint before Yahweh.
3For my days pass away like smoke,
and my bones burn like a furnace.
4My heart is smitten like grass, and withered;
I forget to eat my bread.
5Because of my loud groaning
my bones cleave to my flesh.
6I am like a vulture of the wilderness,
like an owl of the waste places;
7I lie awake,
I am like a lonely bird on the housetop.
8All the day my enemies taunt me,
those who deride me use my name for a curse.
9For I eat ashes like bread,
and mingle tears with my drink,
10because of your indignation and anger;
for you have taken me up and thrown me away.
11My days are like an evening shadow;
I wither away like grass.
12But you, O Yahweh, are enthroned for ever;
your name endures to all generations.
13You will arise and have pity on Zion;
it is the time to favour her;
the appointed time has come.
14For your servants hold her stones dear,
and have pity on her dust.
15The nations will fear the name of Yahweh,
and all the kings of the earth your glory.
16For Yahweh will build up Zion,
he will appear in his glory;
17he will regard the prayer of the destitute,
and will not despise their supplication.
18Let this be recorded for a generation to come,
so that a people yet unborn may praise Yahweh:
19that he looked down from his holy height,
from heaven Yahweh looked at the earth,
20to hear the groans of the prisoners,
to set free those who were doomed to die;
21that men may declare in Zion the name of Yahweh,
and in Jerusalem his praise,
22when peoples gather together,
and kingdoms, to worship Yahweh.
23He has broken my strength in mid-course;
he has shortened my days.
24"O my God," I say, "take me not hence in the midst of my days,
you whose years endure throughout all generations!"
25Of old you laid the foundation of the earth,
and the heavens are the work of your hands.
26They will perish, but you endure;
they will all wear out like a garment.
You change them like raiment,
and they pass away;
27but you are the same,
and your years have no end.
28The children of your servants shall dwell secure;
their posterity shall be established before you.
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