Wait for the God of Salvation1 Woe is me! For I have become
aas when the summer fruit has been gathered,
as when the grapes have been gleaned:
there is no cluster to eat,
no bfirst-ripe fig that my soul desires.
2 cThe godly has perished from the earth,
and dthere is no one upright among mankind;
ethey all lie in wait for blood,
and feach hunts the other with a net.
3 gTheir hands are on what is evil, to do it well;
hthe prince and ithe judge ask for a bribe,
and the great man utters the evil desire of his soul;
thus they weave it together.
4The best of them is jlike a brier,
the most upright of them a thorn hedge.
The day of kyour watchmen, of your punishment, has come;
lnow their confusion is at hand.
5 mPut no trust in a neighbor;
have no confidence in a friend;
guard nthe doors of your mouth
from her who lies in your arms; ▼
6for pthe son treats the father with contempt,
the daughter rises up against her mother,
the daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law;
qa man’s enemies are the men of his own house.
7But as for me, I will look to the Lord;
rI will wait for the God of my salvation;
my God will hear me.
8 sRejoice not over me, O tmy enemy;
uwhen I fall, I shall rise;
vwhen I sit in darkness,
the Lord will be a light to me.
9 wI will bear the indignation of the Lord
because I have sinned against him,
until xhe pleads my cause
and executes judgment for me.
yHe will bring me out to the light;
I shall look upon his vindication.
10Then zmy enemy will see,
and shame will cover her who aasaid to me,
“Where is the Lord your God?”
abMy eyes will look upon her;
now she will be trampled down
aclike the mire of the streets.
11 adA day for the building of your walls!
In that day the boundary shall be far extended.
12In that day they ▼
▼Hebrew hewill come to you,
affrom Assyria and the cities of Egypt,
and from Egypt to agthe River,
ahfrom sea to sea and from mountain to mountain.
13But aithe earth will be desolate
because of its inhabitants,
for the fruit of their deeds.
14 ajShepherd your people akwith your staff,
the flock of your inheritance,
who dwell alone in a forest
alin the midst of ama garden land; ▼
▼Hebrew of Carmel
let them graze in Bashan and Gilead
as in the days of old.
15 aoAs in the days when you came out of the land of Egypt,
I will show them ▼
▼Hebrew himmarvelous things.
16 aqThe nations shall see and be ashamed of all their might;
arthey shall lay their hands on their mouths;
their ears shall be deaf;
17 asthey shall lick the dust like a serpent,
like the crawling things of the earth;
atthey shall come trembling out of their strongholds;
authey shall turn in dread to the Lord our God,
and they shall be in fear of you.
God’s Steadfast Love and Compassion18 avWho is a God like you, awpardoning iniquity
and passing over transgression
axfor the remnant of his inheritance?
ayHe does not retain his anger forever,
because he delights in steadfast love.
19He will azagain have compassion on us;
bahe will tread our iniquities underfoot.
bbYou will cast all our ▼
into the depths of the sea.
20 bdYou will show faithfulness to Jacob
and steadfast love to Abraham,
beas you have sworn to our fathers
from the days of old.
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