Psalms 102

Prayer of an Afflicted Man for Mercy on Himself and on Zion.

A Prayer of the Afflicted when he is faint and
Ps 142:2
pours out his complaint before the  Lord.

1 b  Hear my prayer, O  Lord!
And let my cry for help c  come to You.
2 d  Do not hide Your face from me in the day of my distress;
e  Incline Your ear to me;
In the day when I call f  answer me quickly.
3For my days g  have been
Or finished
consumed in smoke,
And my i  bones have been scorched like a hearth.
4My heart j  has been smitten like
Lit herbage
grass and has l  withered away,
Indeed, I m  forget to eat my bread.
5Because of the
Lit voice
loudness of my groaning
My o  bones
Lit have cleaved
cling to my flesh.
Lit have become similar to
resemble a r  pelican of the wilderness;
I have become like an owl of the waste places.
7I s  lie awake,
I have become like a lonely bird on a housetop.

8My enemies t  have reproached me all day long;
Those who
Or made a fool of
v  deride me
Lit have sworn by me
have used my name as a x  curse.
9For I have eaten ashes like bread
And y  mingled my drink with weeping
10 z  Because of Your indignation and Your wrath,
For You have aa  lifted me up and cast me away.
11My days are like a
Lit stretched out
ac  lengthened shadow,
Or as for me, I
I ae  wither away like
Lit herbage

12But You, O  Lord
Or sit enthroned
ah  abide forever,
And Your
Lit memorial
aj  name to all generations.
13You will ak  arise and have al  compassion on Zion;
For am  it is time to be gracious to her,
For the an  appointed time has come.
14Surely Your servants
Or have found
find pleasure in her stones
And feel pity for her dust.
Or And
So the
Or Gentiles, heathen
ar  nations will fear the name of the  Lord
And as  all the kings of the earth Your glory.
16For the  Lord has at  built up Zion;
He has au  appeared in His glory.
17He has av  regarded the prayer of the
Or naked
And has not despised their prayer.

Or Let this be written
This will be ay  written for the az  generation to come,
Or And
That bb  a people yet to be created
Or will
may praise
Heb  Yah
the  Lord.
19For He be  looked down from His holy height;
bf  From heaven the  Lord gazed
Lit toward
upon the earth,
20To hear the bh  groaning of the prisoner,
To bi  set free
Lit the sons of death
those who were doomed to death,
21That men may bk  tell of the name of the  Lord in Zion
And His praise in Jerusalem,
22When bl  the peoples are gathered together,
And the kingdoms, to serve the  Lord.

23He has weakened my strength in the way;
He has bm  shortened my days.
24I say, “O my God bn  do not take me away in the
Lit half
midst of my days,
Your bp  years are throughout all generations.
25Of old You bq  founded the earth,
And the br  heavens are the work of Your hands.
Lit They themselves
“Even they will bt  perish, but You endure;
And all of them will wear out like a garment;
Like clothing You will change them and they will be changed.
27“But You are
Lit He
bv  the same,
And Your years will not come to an end.
28“The bw  children of Your servants will continue,
And their
Lit seed
by  descendants will be established before You.”

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