1 He has founded his city on the holy mountain.p
2 The Lord loves the gates of Zionq
more than all the other dwellings of Jacob.
among those who acknowledge me—
“This one and that one were born in her,
and the Most High himself will establish her.”
6 The Lord will write in the registerw of the peoples:
“This one was born in Zion.”
7 As they make musicx they will sing,
“All my fountainsy are in you.”
1 Lord, you are the God who saves me;z
day and night I cry outa to you.
turn your ear to my cry.
3 I am overwhelmed with troublesb
and my life draws near to death.c
4 I am counted among those who go down to the pit;d
I am like one without strength.e
like the slain who lie in the grave,
whom you remember no more,
who are cut offf from your care.
in the darkest depths.g
7 Your wrathh lies heavily on me;
8 You have taken from me my closest friendsj
and have made me repulsive to them.
9 my eyesm are dim with grief.
I calln to you, Lord, every day;
I spread out my handso to you.
Do their spirits rise up and praise you?p
or your righteous deeds in the land of oblivion?
13 But I cry to you for help,r Lord;
14 Why, Lord, do you rejectu me
and hide your facev from me?
16 Your wratha has swept over me;
your terrorsb have destroyed me.
17 All day long they surround me like a flood;c
they have completely engulfed me.
18 You have taken from me friendd and neighbor—
darkness is my closest friend.
The Hebrew has Selah (a word of uncertain meaning) here and at the end of verse 6.
A poetic name for Egypt
That is, the upper Nile region
Or “I will record concerning those who acknowledge me: / ‘This one was born in Zion.’ / Hear this, Rahab and Babylon, / and you too, Philistia, Tyre and Cush.”
Title: Possibly a tune, “The Suffering of Affliction”
Title: Probably a literary or musical term
The Hebrew has Selah (a word of uncertain meaning) here and at the end of verse 10.
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