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   The Book of Psalms.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
 
Book IV
 
CII
 
Prayer of an Afflicted One for Mercy on Himself and on Zion
 
 
A Prayer of the afflicted, when he is 1 overwhelmed, and poureth out his complaint before Jehovah.
 
 
[1]  HEAR my prayer, O Jehovah,
And let my cry come unto thee.
[2]  Hide not thy face from me in the day of my distress:
Incline thine ear unto me;
In the day when I call answer me speedily.
[3]  For my days consume away like 2 smoke,
And my bones are burned as 3 a firebrand.
[4]  My heart is smitten like grass, and withered;
For I forget to eat my bread.
[5]  By reason of the voice of my groaning
My bones cleave to my flesh.
[6]  I am like a pelican of the wilderness;
I am become as an owl of the waste places.
[7]  I watch, and am become like a sparrow
That is alone upon the housetop.
[8]  Mine enemies reproach me all the day;
They that are mad against me do curse by me.
[9]  For I have eaten ashes like bread,
And mingled my drink with weeping,
[10]  Because of thine indignation and thy wrath:
For thou hast taken me up, and cast me away.
[11]  My days are like a shadow that declineth;  4
And I am withered like grass.
 
[12]  But thou, O Jehovah, wilt 5 abide for ever;
And thy memorial name unto all generations.
[13]  Thou wilt arise, and have mercy upon Zion;
For it is time to have pity upon her,
Yea, the set time is come.
[14]  For thy servants take pleasure in her stones,
And have pity upon her dust.
[15]  So the nations shall fear the name of Jehovah,
And all the kings of the earth thy glory:
[16]  For Jehovah hath built up Zion;
He hath appeared in his glory.
[17]  He hath regarded the prayer of the destitute,
And hath not despised their prayer.
[18]  This shall be written for the generation to come;
And a people which shall be created shall praise Jehovah. 6
[19]  For he hath looked down from the height of his sanctuary;
From heaven did Jehovah behold the earth;
[20]  To hear the sighing of the prisoner;
To loose those 7 that are appointed to death;
[21]  That men may declare the name of Jehovah in Zion,
And his praise in Jerusalem;
[22]  When the peoples are gathered together,
And the kingdoms, to serve Jehovah.
 
[23]  He weakened 8 my strength in the way;
He shortened my days.
[24]  I said, O my God, take me not away in the midst of my days:
Thy years are throughout all generations.
[25]  Of old didst thou lay the foundation of the earth;
And the heavens are the work of thy hands.
[26]  They shall perish, but thou shalt endure;
Yea, all of them shall wax old like a garment;
As a vesture shalt thou change them, and they shall be changed:
[27]  But thou art the same,
And thy years shall have no end.
[28]  The children of thy servants shall continue,
And their seed shall be established before thee.
 
Note 1. Or, fainteth. [back]
Note 2. Or, in smoke. [back]
Note 3. Or, as a hearth. [back]
Note 4. Or, is stretched out. [back]
Note 5. Or, sittest as King. [back]
Note 6. Heb. Jah. [back]
Note 7. Heb. the children of death. [back]
Note 8. Another reading is, afflicted me with his strength. [back]
 

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