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Hope through God’s Mercy

א Alef

3 I am the man who has seen affliction

under the rod of God’s wrath.

He has driven me away and forced me to walk

in darkness instead of light. y

Yes, He repeatedly turns His hand

against me all day long.

ב Bet

He has worn away my flesh and skin; z

He has shattered my bones. a

He has laid siege against me, b

encircling me with bitterness and hardship. c

He has made me dwell in darkness

like those who have been dead for ages. d

ג Gimel

He has walled me in so I cannot escape; e

He has weighed me down with chains.

Even when I cry out and plead for help,

He rejects my prayer. f

He has walled in my ways with cut stones; g

He has made my paths crooked. h

ד Dalet

10 He is i a bear waiting in ambush,

a lion in hiding. j

11 He forced me off my way and tore me to pieces;

He left me desolate.

12 He strung His bow k

and set me as the target for His arrow.

ה He

13 He pierced my kidneys

with His arrows. l

14 I am a laughingstock m to all my people, n

mocked by their songs o all day long.

15 He filled me with bitterness,

satiated me with * wormwood. p

ו Vav

16 He ground my teeth on gravel q

and made me cower r in the dust.

17 My soul has been deprived s of peace; t

I have forgotten what happiness is.

18 Then I thought: My future u is lost,

as well as my hope from the Lord.

ז Zayin

19 Remember v my affliction and my homelessness, w

the wormwood and the poison. x

20 I continually remember them

and have become depressed. y z

21 Yet I call this to mind,

and therefore I have hope: a

ח Khet

22 Because of the Lord’s faithful love b

we do not perish, c

for His mercies never end.

23 They are new every morning;

great is Your faithfulness! d

24 I say: The Lord is my portion, e

therefore I will put my hope in Him.

ט Tet

25 The Lord is good to those who wait f for Him,

to the person who seeks Him.

26 It is good to wait quietly g

for deliverance from the Lord. h

27 It is good for a man to bear the yoke i

while he is still young.

י Yod

28 Let him sit alone and be silent, j

for God has disciplined him.

29 Let him put his mouth in the dust k

perhaps there is still hope.

30 Let him offer his cheek

to the one who would strike him; l

let him be filled with shame.

כ Kaf

31 For the Lord

will not reject us forever.

32 Even if He causes suffering,

He will show compassion

according to His abundant, faithful love. m

33 For He does not enjoy bringing affliction n

or suffering on * mankind.

ל Lamed

34 Crushing all the prisoners of the land o

beneath one’s feet,

35 denying justice to a man p

in the presence of the * Most High,

36 or suppressing a person’s lawsuit q

the Lord does not approve of these things.

מ Mem

37 Who is there who speaks and it happens,

unless the Lord has ordained it? r

38 Do not both adversity and good

come from the mouth of the Most High? s

39 Why should any living person complain,

any man, because of the punishment for his sins?

נ Nun

40 Let us search out and examine our ways,

and turn back to the Lord. t

41 Let us lift up our hearts and our hands u

to God in heaven:

42 We have sinned and rebelled;

You have not forgiven. v

ס Samek

43 You have covered Yourself in anger and pursued us;

You have killed without compassion. w

44 You have covered Yourself with a cloud

so that no prayer can pass through. x

45 You have made us disgusting filth

among the peoples. y

פ Pe

46 All our enemies

open their mouths against us. z

47 We have experienced panic and pitfall, a

devastation and destruction.

48 My eyes flow with streams of tears

because of the destruction of my dear people.

ע Ayin

49 My eyes overflow unceasingly,

without end, b

50 until the Lord looks down

from heaven and sees. c

51 My eyes bring me grief

because of the fate of all the women in my city.

צ Tsade

52 For no apparent reason, my enemies d

hunted me like a bird. e

53 They dropped me alive into f a pit g

and threw stones at me.

54 Water flooded over my head, h

and I thought: I’m going to die! i

ק Qof

55 I called on Your name, * Yahweh,

from the depths of the * Pit. j

56 You hear my plea:

Do not ignore my cry for relief.

57 You come near when I call on You;

You say: “Do not be afraid.”

ר Resh

58 You defend my cause, Lord; k

You redeem my life. l

59 Lord, You see the wrong done to me;

judge my case.

60 You see all their malice,

all their plots against me. m

שׂ Sin/ שׁ Shin

6Lord, You hear their insults, n

all their plots against me.

62 The slander o and murmuring of my opponents

attack me all day long.

63 When they sit and when they rise, look,

I am mocked by their songs. p

ת Tav

64 You will pay them back what they deserve, Lord,

according to the work of their hands. q

65 You will give them a heart filled with anguish. r s

May Your curse be on them!

66 You will pursue them in anger and destroy them

under Your heavens. t u v


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