The prophet complaineth bitterly of his afflicted case: he taketh comfort in the eternity and mercy of God. The mercies of God are worthy to be recorded. The prophet, sensible of his own weakness, resteth his hope on the unchangeable nature of God.
0 A aPrayer 1of the afflicted, when he is boverwhelmed, and poureth out his complaint before the LORD.
1 HEAR cmy prayer, O LORD, and let my cry come unto thee.
2 dHide not thy face from me in the day when I am in trouble; eincline thine ear unto me: in the day when I call answer me speedily.
3 For fmy days are consumed 2like smoke, and gmy bones are burned as an hearth.
4 My hheart is smitten, and withered like grass; iso that I forget to eat my bread.
5 By jreason of the voice of my groaning my bones cleave to my 3skin.
6 I kam like a pelican of the wilderness: I am like an owl of the desert.
7 I lwatch, and am as a sparrow alone upon the house top.
8 Mine menemies reproach me all the day; and they that are nmad against me are sworn against me.
9 For oI have eaten ashes like bread, and pmingled my drink with weeping,
10 qBecause of thine indignation and thy wrath: for thou rhast lifted me up, and cast me down.
11 My sdays are tlike a shadow that declineth; and uI am withered like grass.
12 But vthou, O LORD, wshalt endure for ever; and thy remembrance unto all generations.
13 Thou xshalt arise, and have mercy upon Zion: yfor the time to favour her, yea, the set time, is come.
14 For zthy servants take pleasure in her stones, and favour the dust thereof.
15 So athe heathen shall fear the name of the LORD, and all the kings of the earth thy glory.
16 When bthe LORD shall build up Zion, he shall appear in his glory.
17 He cwill regard the prayer of the destitute, and not despise their prayer.
18 This dshall be written for the generation to come: and ethe people which shall be created shall praise the LORD.
19 For fhe hath looked down from the height of his sanctuary; from heaven did the LORD behold the earth;
20 To ghear the groaning of the prisoner; to loose 4those that are appointed to death;
21 To hdeclare the name of the LORD in Zion, and his praise in Jerusalem;
22 When ithe people are gathered together, and the kingdoms, to serve the LORD.
23 He 5weakened my strength in the way; he shortened my days.
24 I jsaid, O my God, take me not away kin the midst of my days: lthy years are throughout all generations.
25 Of mold hast thou laid the foundation of the earth: and the heavens are the work of thy hands.
26 They nshall perish, but thou shalt 6endure: yea, all of them shall wax old like a garment; as a vesture shalt thou change them, and they shall be changed:
27 But othou art the same, and thy years shall have no end.