| ||HEAR my prayer, O Jehovah,|
And let my cry come unto thee.
| ||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.
| ||For my days consume away like 2 smoke,|
And my bones are burned as 3 a firebrand.
| ||My heart is smitten like grass, and withered;|
For I forget to eat my bread.
| ||By reason of the voice of my groaning|
My bones cleave to my flesh.
| ||I am like a pelican of the wilderness;|
I am become as an owl of the waste places.
| ||I watch, and am become like a sparrow|
That is alone upon the housetop.
| ||Mine enemies reproach me all the day;|
They that are mad against me do curse by me.
| ||For I have eaten ashes like bread,|
And mingled my drink with weeping,
| ||Because of thine indignation and thy wrath:|
For thou hast taken me up, and cast me away.
| ||My days are like a shadow that declineth; 4|
And I am withered like grass.
| ||But thou, O Jehovah, wilt 5 abide for ever;|
And thy memorial name unto all generations.
| ||Thou wilt arise, and have mercy upon Zion;|
For it is time to have pity upon her,
Yea, the set time is come.
| ||For thy servants take pleasure in her stones,|
And have pity upon her dust.
| ||So the nations shall fear the name of Jehovah,|
And all the kings of the earth thy glory:
| ||For Jehovah hath built up Zion;|
He hath appeared in his glory.
| ||He hath regarded the prayer of the destitute,|
And hath not despised their prayer.
| ||This shall be written for the generation to come;|
And a people which shall be created shall praise Jehovah. 6
| ||For he hath looked down from the height of his sanctuary;|
From heaven did Jehovah behold the earth;
| ||To hear the sighing of the prisoner;|
To loose those 7 that are appointed to death;
| ||That men may declare the name of Jehovah in Zion,|
And his praise in Jerusalem;
| ||When the peoples are gathered together,|
And the kingdoms, to serve Jehovah.
| ||He weakened 8 my strength in the way;|
He shortened my days.
| ||I said, O my God, take me not away in the midst of my days:|
Thy years are throughout all generations.
| ||Of old didst thou lay the foundation of the earth;|
And the heavens are the work of thy hands.
| ||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:
| ||But thou art the same,|
And thy years shall have no end.
| ||The children of thy servants shall continue,|
And their seed shall be established before thee.