A prayer of the afflicted, when he is overwhelmed and pours out his complaint before Jehovah
1 Hear my prayer, O Jehovah, and let my cry come unto You.
2 Hide not Your face from me in the day of my distress; extend Your ear to me; in the
day that I call, answer me speedily.
3 For my days have vanished like smoke, and my bones are burned like a firebrand.
4 My heart is stricken and dried up like grass, so that I forget to eat my bread.
5 Because of the sound of my groaning my bones cling to my skin.
6 I am like a pelican of the wilderness; I am like an owl of the desert.
7 I am wakeful, and am like a sparrow alone on the housetop.
8 My enemies reproach me all day long, those who are mad at me swear an oath against
9 For I have eaten ashes like bread, and mingled my drink with weeping,
10 because of Your indignation and Your wrath; for You have taken me up and cast me
11 My days are like a shadow that lengthens, and I am dried up like grass.
12 But You, O Jehovah, shall endure forever, and Your remembrance from generation
13 You will arise and have mercy upon Zion; for the time to favor her, yea, the set time,
14 For Your servants take pleasure in her stones, and show favor to her dust.
15 So the nations shall fear the name of Jehovah, and all the kings of the earth Your
16 For Jehovah shall build up Zion; He shall appear in His glory.
17 He shall turn toward the prayer of the destitute, and shall not despise their prayer.
18 This shall be written for the following generation, that a people yet to be created may
19 For He has looked down from the height of His sanctuary; from Heaven Jehovah has
looked upon the earth,
20 to hear the groaning of the prisoner, to set free the children of death,
21 to declare the name of Jehovah in Zion, and His praise in Jerusalem,
22 when the peoples and kingdoms are gathered together to serve Jehovah.
23 He weakened my strength in the way; He shortened my days.
24 I said, O my Mighty God, do not take me away in the midst of my days; Your years
are from generation to generation.
25 Of old You laid the foundation of the earth, and the heavens are the work of Your
26 They shall perish, but You will endure; yea, they shall all grow old like a garment;
like clothing You will change them, and they shall be changed;
27 but You are the same, and Your years shall not be consumed.
28 The children of Your servants shall continue, and their seed shall be established
before Your face.