Psalms 102

Psalm 1021

The prayer of an oppressed man, as he grows faint and pours out his lament before the Lord.

102:1 O Lord, hear my prayer!

Pay attention to my cry for help!2

102:2 Do not ignore me in my time of trouble!3

Listen to me!4

When I call out to you, quickly answer me!

102:3 For my days go up in smoke,5

and my bones are charred like a fireplace.6

102:4 My heart is parched7 and withered like grass,

for I am unable8 to eat food.9

102:5 Because of the anxiety that makes me groan,

my bones protrude from my skin.10

102:6 I am like an owl11 in the wilderness;

I am like a screech owl12 among the ruins.13

102:7 I stay awake;14

I am like a solitary bird on a roof.

102:8 All day long my enemies taunt me;

those who mock me use my name in their curses.15

102:9 For I eat ashes as if they were bread,16

and mix my drink with my tears,17

102:10 because of your anger and raging fury.

Indeed,18 you pick me up and throw me away.

102:11 My days are coming to an end,19

and I am withered like grass.

102:12 But you, O Lord, rule forever,20

and your reputation endures.21

102:13 You will rise up and have compassion on Zion.22

For it is time to have mercy on her,

for the appointed time has come.

102:14 Indeed,23 your servants take delight in her stones,

and feel compassion for24 the dust of her ruins.25

102:15 The nations will respect the reputation of the Lord,26

and all the kings of the earth will respect27 his splendor,

102:16 when the Lord rebuilds Zion,

and reveals his splendor,

102:17 when he responds to the prayer of the destitute,28

and does not reject29 their request.30

102:18 The account of his intervention31 will be recorded for future generations;

people yet to be born will praise the Lord.

102:19 For he will look down from his sanctuary above;32

from heaven the Lord will look toward earth,33

102:20 in order to hear the painful cries of the prisoners,

and to set free those condemned to die,34

102:21 so they may proclaim the name of the Lord in Zion,

and praise him35 in Jerusalem,36

102:22 when the nations gather together,

and the kingdoms pay tribute to the Lord.37

102:23 He has taken away my strength in the middle of life;38

he has cut short my days.

102:24 I say, “O my God, please do not take me away in the middle of my life!39

You endure through all generations.40

102:25 In earlier times you established the earth;

the skies are your handiwork.

102:26 They will perish,

but you will endure.41

They will wear out like a garment;

like clothes you will remove them and they will disappear.42

102:27 But you remain;43

your years do not come to an end.

102:28 The children of your servants will settle down here,

and their descendants44 will live securely in your presence.”45

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