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by the rod of the Lord’s wrath.k
in darknessl rather than light;
3 indeed, he has turned his hand against mem
again and again, all day long.
4 He has made my skin and my flesh grow oldn
and has broken my bones.o
like those long dead.r
7 He has walled me in so I cannot escape;s
he has weighed me down with chains.t
8 Even when I call out or cry for help,u
he shuts out my prayer.v
9 He has barredw my way with blocks of stone;
he has made my paths crooked.x
11 he dragged me from the path and mangleda me
and left me without help.
12 He drew his bowb
13 He piercede my heart
with arrows from his quiver.f
they mock me in songi all day long.
and given me gall to drink.j
16 He has broken my teeth with gravel;k
he has trampled me in the dust.l
I have forgotten what prosperity is.
and all that I had hoped from the Lord.”m
and therefore I have hope:
for his compassions never fail.t
great is your faithfulness.u
24 I say to myself, “The Lord is my portion;v
therefore I will wait for him.”
to the one who seeks him;w
26 it is good to wait quietlyx
for the salvation of the Lord.y
while he is young.
28 Let him sit alone in silence,z
for the Lord has laid it on him.
29 Let him bury his face in the dusta—
there may yet be hope.b
30 Let him offer his cheek to one who would strike him,c
and let him be filled with disgrace.d
by the Lord forever.e
so great is his unfailing love.f
or grief to anyone.g
all prisoners in the land,
before the Most High,h
would not the Lord see such things?i
if the Lord has not decreed it?j
that both calamities and good things come?k
when punished for their sins?l
40 Let us examine our ways and test them,m
and let us return to the Lord.n
to God in heaven,o and say:
42 “We have sinned and rebelledp
and you have not forgiven.q
43 “You have covered yourself with anger and pursuedr us;
you have slain without pity.s
44 You have covered yourself with a cloudt
45 You have made us scumw and refuse
among the nations.
47 We have suffered terror and pitfalls,z
ruin and destruction.a”
because my people are destroyed.d
from heaven and sees.f
because of all the women of my city.
hunted me like a bird.g
53 They tried to end my life in a pith
and threw stones at me;
54 the waters closed over my head,i
and I thought I was about to perish.j
56 You heard my plea:m “Do not close your ears
to my cry for relief.”
57 You came nearn when I called you,
and you said, “Do not fear.”o
58 You, Lord, took up my case;p
you redeemed my life.q
59 Lord, you have seen the wrong done to me.r
Uphold my cause!s
all their plots against me.t
61 Lord, you have heard their insults,u
all their plots against me—
against me all day long.v
they mock me in their songs.w
for what their hands have done.x
65 Put a veil over their hearts,y
and may your curse be on them!
66 Pursuez them in anger and destroy them
from under the heavens of the Lord.
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