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1O hear my prayer, Lord, let my cry for help and mercy come to You;
2When I am faint and in distress, don’t hide Your face – keep me in view.
O hear me when I call to You, and answer me, let Your face turn;
3For all my days, like smoke expire; my bones like glowing embers burn.
4My heart is withered like the grass, and I forget to eat my food;
5Because of groaning, I’m reduced to skin and bones, my life’s consumed.
6I’m like a desert owl that sits among the ruins, stark, aloof;
7I lie awake; I’m like a bird, a lonely bird upon the roof.
8Throughout the day my foes taunt me; my name used as a curse appears;
9For I eat ashes as my food, and mingle drink with anguished tears.
10Because of your great wrath, O Lord, You lift me up, cast me away;
11My days are like the evening shade; I wither like the grass away.
12But You, O Lord, do sit enthroned, forever Your renown shall be;
13You will arise, compassion show to Zion as she waits on Thee.
Her time for favor now has come; the time appointed has drawn near;
14Your servants pity her great plight; her stones to them are very dear.
15All nations and all kings of earth will fear the Lord’s name and revere;
16The Lord will rebuild Zion’s place, and in His glory will appear.
17He will respond to all the prayers of needy ones who bring their plea;
18So write this for the yet unborn, that they may praise the Lord indeed:
19“The Lord looked down and viewed the earth; from His most holy place on high;
20To hear the prisoners’ groaning cry, and free the ones condemned to die.”
21In Zion and Jerusalem the Lord’s name there will be adored;
22When people and the kingdoms, too, assemble there to praise the Lord.
23He broke my strength in prime of life; and He cut short my length of days;
24I said, “My God, don’t take away my life in midst of all my days.”
25Your years throughout all ages last; in the beginning, God, You laid
the earth’s foundations firm and fast; Your mighty hands the heavens made.
26They all will perish; You remain; You shall forevermore endure;
Like garments they will all be changed; they’ll be discarded, worn no more.
27But You remain the same and live; Your endless years are ever true;
28Your servants, their descendants, too, will be established before You.