3 I am the man who has seen affliction
under the rod of God’s wrath.
in darkness instead of light.t
against me all day long.
4 He has worn away my flesh and skin;u
he has broken my bones.v
5 He has laid siege against me,w
encircling me with bitterness and hardship.x
like those who have been dead for ages.y
7 He has walled me in so I cannot get out;a
he has weighed me down with chains.
he blocks out my prayer.b
9 He has walled in my ways with blocks of stone;c
he has made my paths crooked.d
10 He isA a bear waiting in ambush,
a lion in hiding.e
he left me desolate.
12 He strung his bowf
and set me as the target for his arrow.
13 He pierced my kidneys
with shafts from his quiver.g
mocked by their songsi all day long.
satiated me with wormwood.j
16 He ground my teeth with gravelk
and made me cowerC in the dust.
I have forgotten what prosperity is.
18 Then I thought, “My futureE is lost,
as well as my hope from the Lord.”
the wormwood and the poison.n
and therefore I have hope:p
22 Because of the Lord’s faithful loveq
we do not perish,H
for his mercies never end.
great is your faithfulness!r
24 I say, “The Lord is my portion,s
therefore I will put my hope in him.”
25 The Lord is good to those who waitt for him,
to the person who seeks him.
26 It is good to wait quietlyu
for salvation from the Lord.v
27 It is good for a man to bear the yokew
while he is still young.
28 Let him sit alone and be silent,x
for God has disciplinedI him.
29 Let him put his mouth in the dusty—
perhaps there is still hope.
to the one who would strike him;z
let him be filled with disgrace.
31 For the Lord
will not reject us forever.
he will show compassion
according to the abundance of his faithful love.aa
33 For he does not enjoy bringing afflictionab
or suffering on mankind.
34 Crushing all the prisoners of the landJ
beneath one’s feet,
35 denying justice to a manac
in the presence of the Most High,
36 or subverting a person in his lawsuitad—
the Lord does not approve of these things.
37 Who is there who speaks and it happens,
unless the Lord has ordained it?ae
come from the mouth of the Most High?af
any man, because of the punishment for his sins?
40 Let us examine and probe our ways,
and turn back to the Lord.ag
41 Let us lift up our hearts and our handsa
to God in heaven:
you have not forgiven.b
43 “You have covered yourself in anger and pursued us;
you have killed without compassion.c
so that no prayer can get through.d
among the peoples.e
46 “All our enemies
open their mouths against us.f
47 We have experienced panic and pitfall,g
devastation and destruction.”
because of the destruction of my dear people.
49 My eyes overflow unceasingly,
from heaven and sees.i
because of the fate of all the women in my city.
52 For no reason, my enemiesA
hunted me like a bird.j
and threw stones on me.
54 Water flooded over my head,l
and I thought, “I’m going to die!”m
55 I called on your name, Lord,
from the depths of the pit.
Do not ignore my cry for relief.
you said, “Do not be afraid.”
58 You championed my cause, Lord;n
you redeemed my life.o
judge my case.
all their plots against me.p
61 Lord, you heard their insults,q
all their plots against me.
62 The slanderC and murmuring of my opponents
attack me all day long.
I am mocked by their songs.r
64 You will pay them back what they deserve, Lord,
according to the work of their hands.s
May your curse be on them!
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