Psalms 102

1Hear my prayer, O Jehovah, and let my cry come to thee. 2Hide not thy face from me in the day of my distress. Incline thine ear to me. In the day when I call answer me speedily. 3For my days consume away like smoke, and my bones are burned as a firebrand. 4My heart is smitten like grass, and withered, for I forget to eat my bread. 5Because of the voice of my groaning my bones cling to my flesh. 6I am like a pelican of the wilderness. I have become as an owl of the waste places. 7I watch, and have become like a sparrow that is alone upon the house-top. 8My enemies reproach me all the day. Those who are mad against me do curse by me. 9For I have eaten ashes like bread, and mingled my drink with weeping, 10because of thine indignation and thy wrath. For thou have taken me up, and cast me away. 11My days are like a shadow that declines, and I am withered like grass. 12But thou, O Jehovah, will abide forever, and thy memorial to all generations. 13Thou will arise, and have mercy upon Zion, for it is time to have pity upon her, yea, the set time has come. 14For thy servants take pleasure in her stones, and have pity upon her dust. 15So the nations shall fear the name of Jehovah, and all the kings of the earth thy glory. 16For Jehovah has built up Zion. He has appeared in his glory. 17He has regarded the prayer of the destitute, and has not despised their prayer. 18This shall be written for the generation to come. And a people which shall be created shall praise Jehovah. 19For he has looked down from the height of his sanctuary. From heaven Jehovah beheld the earth, 20to hear the sighing of the prisoner, to loose those who are appointed to death, 21that men may declare the name of Jehovah in Zion, and his praise in Jerusalem, 22when the peoples are gathered together, and the kingdoms, to serve Jehovah. 23He weakened my strength in the way. He shortened my days. 24I said, O my God, take me not away in the midst of my days. Thy years are throughout all generations. 25Of old thou laid the foundation of the earth, and the heavens are the work of thy hands. 26They shall perish, but thou shall endure. Yea, all of them shall grow old like a garment. As a vesture thou shall change them, and they shall be changed, 27but thou are the same, and thy years shall have no end. 28The sons of thy servants shall continue, and their seed shall be established before thee.
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