Psalm 102
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1A Prayer of the afflicted, when he is overwhelmed, and poureth out his complaint before the LORD. Hear my prayer, O LORD, and let my cry come unto thee.1The prayer of an oppressed man, as he grows faint and pours out his lament before the LORD. O LORD, hear my prayer! Pay attention to my cry for help!
2Hide not thy face from me in the day when I am in trouble; incline thine ear unto me: in the day when I call answer me speedily.2Do not ignore me in my time of trouble! Listen to me! When I call out to you, quickly answer me!
3For my days are consumed like smoke, and my bones are burned as an hearth.3For my days go up in smoke, and my bones are charred like a fireplace.
4My heart is smitten, and withered like grass; so that I forget to eat my bread.4My heart is parched and withered like grass, for I am unable to eat food.
5By reason of the voice of my groaning my bones cleave to my skin.5Because of the anxiety that makes me groan, my bones protrude from my skin.
6I am like a pelican of the wilderness: I am like an owl of the desert.6I am like an owl in the wilderness; I am like a screech owl among the ruins.
7I watch, and am as a sparrow alone upon the house top.7I stay awake; I am like a solitary bird on a roof.
8Mine enemies reproach me all the day; and they that are mad against me are sworn against me.8All day long my enemies taunt me; those who mock me use my name in their curses.
9For I have eaten ashes like bread, and mingled my drink with weeping,9For I eat ashes as if they were bread, and mix my drink with my tears,
10Because of thine indignation and thy wrath: for thou hast lifted me up, and cast me down.10because of your anger and raging fury. Indeed, you pick me up and throw me away.
11My days are like a shadow that declineth; and I am withered like grass.11My days are coming to an end, and I am withered like grass.
12But thou, O LORD, shalt endure for ever; and thy remembrance unto all generations.12But you, O LORD, rule forever, and your reputation endures.
13Thou shalt arise, and have mercy upon Zion: for the time to favour her, yea, the set time, is come.13You will rise up and have compassion on Zion. For it is time to have mercy on her, for the appointed time has come.
14For thy servants take pleasure in her stones, and favour the dust thereof.14Indeed, your servants take delight in her stones, and feel compassion for the dust of her ruins.
15So the heathen shall fear the name of the LORD, and all the kings of the earth thy glory.15The nations will respect the reputation of the LORD, and all the kings of the earth will respect his splendor,
16When the LORD shall build up Zion, he shall appear in his glory.16when the LORD rebuilds Zion, and reveals his splendor,
17He will regard the prayer of the destitute, and not despise their prayer.17when he responds to the prayer of the destitute, and does not reject their request.
18This shall be written for the generation to come: and the people which shall be created shall praise the LORD.18The account of his intervention will be recorded for future generations; people yet to be born will praise the LORD.
19For he hath looked down from the height of his sanctuary; from heaven did the LORD behold the earth;19For he will look down from his sanctuary above; from heaven the LORD will look toward earth,
20To hear the groaning of the prisoner; to loose those that are appointed to death;20in order to hear the painful cries of the prisoners, and to set free those condemned to die,
21To declare the name of the LORD in Zion, and his praise in Jerusalem;21so they may proclaim the name of the LORD in Zion, and praise him in Jerusalem,
22When the people are gathered together, and the kingdoms, to serve the LORD.22when the nations gather together, and the kingdoms pay tribute to the LORD.
23He weakened my strength in the way; he shortened my days.23He has taken away my strength in the middle of life; he has cut short my days.
24I said, O my God, take me not away in the midst of my days: thy years are throughout all generations.24I say, "O my God, please do not take me away in the middle of my life! You endure through all generations.
25Of old hast thou laid the foundation of the earth: and the heavens are the work of thy hands.25In earlier times you established the earth; the skies are your handiwork.
26They shall perish, but thou shalt endure: yea, all of them shall wax old like a garment; as a vesture shalt thou change them, and they shall be changed:26They will perish, but you will endure. They will wear out like a garment; like clothes you will remove them and they will disappear.
27But thou art the same, and thy years shall have no end.27But you remain; your years do not come to an end.
28The children of thy servants shall continue, and their seed shall be established before thee.28The children of your servants will settle down here, and their descendants will live securely in your presence."
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Psalm 101
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