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A Prayer of the Afflicted, aWhen He is Overwhelmed and Pours Out His Complaint Before the Lord.
And let my cry come to You.
2 bDo not hide Your face from me in the day of my trouble;
Incline Your ear to me;
In the day that I call, answer me speedily.
And my bones are burned like a hearth.
So that I forget to eat my bread.
My bones cling to my 2skin.
I am like an owl of the desert.
And am like a sparrow alone on the housetop.
Those who deride me swear an oath against me.
And mingled my drink with weeping,
For You have lifted me up and cast me away.
And I wither away like grass.
And the remembrance of Your name to all generations.
For the time to favor her,
Yes, the set time, has come.
And show favor to her dust.
And all the kings of the earth Your glory.
eHe shall appear in His glory.
17 fHe shall regard the prayer of the destitute,
And shall not despise their prayer.
18 This will be gwritten for the generation to come,
That ha people yet to be created may praise the Lord.
19 For He ilooked down from the height of His sanctuary;
From heaven the Lord viewed the earth,
20 jTo hear the groaning of the prisoner,
To release those appointed to death,
21 To kdeclare the name of the Lord in Zion,
And His praise in Jerusalem,
22 lWhen the peoples are gathered together,
And the kingdoms, to serve the Lord.
He mshortened my days.
24 nI said, “O my God,
Do not take me away in the midst of my days;
oYour years are throughout all generations.
25 pOf old You laid the foundation of the earth,
And the heavens are the work of Your hands.
Yes, they will all grow old like a garment;
Like a cloak You will change them,
And they will be changed.
27 But rYou are the same,
And Your years will have no end.
28 sThe children of Your servants will continue,
And their descendants will be established before You.”
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