3 I am the man who has seen affliction by the rod of His wrath.
In darkness and not in light.
Time and time again throughout the day.
4 He has aged amy flesh and my skin,
And bbroken my bones.
And surrounded me with bitterness and 1woe.
6 cHe has set me in dark places
Like the dead of long ago.
7 dHe has hedged me in so that I cannot get out;
He has made my chain heavy.
8 Even ewhen I cry and shout,
He shuts out my prayer.
He has made my paths crooked.
10 fHe has been to me a bear lying in wait,
Like a lion in 2ambush.
11 He has turned aside my ways and gtorn me in pieces;
He has made me desolate.
And hset me up as a target for the arrow.
To pierce my 4loins.
14 I have become the jridicule of all my people—
kTheir taunting song all the day.
15 lHe has filled me with bitterness,
He has made me drink wormwood.
16 He has also broken my teeth mwith gravel,
And 5covered me with ashes.
I have forgotten 6prosperity.
18 nAnd I said, “My strength and my hope
Have perished from the Lord.”
And 8sinks within me.
Therefore I have phope.
22 qThrough the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed,
Because His compassions rfail not.
23 They are new severy morning;
Great is Your faithfulness.
24 “The Lord is my tportion,” says my soul,
“Therefore I uhope in Him!”
25 The Lord is good to those who vwait for Him,
To the soul who seeks Him.
For the salvation of the Lord.
27 yIt is good for a man to bear
The yoke in his youth.
28 zLet him sit alone and keep silent,
Because God has laid it on him;
29 aLet him put his mouth in the dust—
There may yet be hope.
30 bLet him give his cheek to the one who strikes him,
And be full of reproach.
31 cFor the Lord will not cast off forever.
Yet He will show compassion
According to the multitude of His mercies.
Nor grieve the children of men.
All the prisoners of the earth,
Before the face of the Most High,
eThe Lord does not approve.
37 Who is he fwho speaks and it comes to pass,
When the Lord has not commanded it?
That gwoe and well-being proceed?
iA man for the punishment of his sins?
And turn back to the Lord;
41 jLet us lift our hearts and hands
To God in heaven.
42 kWe have transgressed and rebelled;
You have not pardoned.
And pursued us;
You have slain and not pitied.
That prayer should not pass through.
45 You have made us an loffscouring and refuse
In the midst of the peoples.
46 mAll our enemies
Have opened their mouths against us.
47 nFear and a snare have come upon us,
oDesolation and destruction.
48 pMy eyes overflow with rivers of water
For the destruction of the daughter of my people.
49 qMy eyes flow and do not cease,
rLooks down and sees.
Because of all the daughters of my city.
52 My enemies swithout cause
Hunted me down like a bird.
54 vThe waters flowed over my head;
wI said, “I am cut off!”
55 xI called on Your name, O Lord,
From the lowest ypit.
56 zYou have heard my voice:
“Do not hide Your ear
From my sighing, from my cry for help.”
57 You adrew near on the day I called on You,
And said, b“Do not fear!”
58 O Lord, You have cpleaded the case for my soul;
dYou have redeemed my life.
59 O Lord, You have seen 4how I am wronged;
eJudge my case.
All their fschemes against me.
All their schemes against me,
And their whispering against me all the day.
63 Look at their gsitting down and their rising up;
I am their taunting song.
64 hRepay them, O Lord,
According to the work of their hands.
65 Give them 5a veiled heart;
Your curse be upon them!
Pursue and destroy them
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