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.

b Hear my prayer, O  Lord!
And let my cry for help c come to You.
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.
For my days g have been
Or finished
consumed in smoke,
And my i bones have been scorched like a hearth.
My heart j has been smitten like
Lit herbage
grass and has l withered away,
Indeed, I m forget to eat my bread.
Because 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.
I s lie awake,
I have become like a lonely bird on a housetop.

My 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.
For 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.
11 My days are like a
Lit stretched out
ac lengthened shadow,
Or as for me, I
I ae wither away like
Lit herbage

12 But You, O  Lord
Or sit enthroned
ah abide forever,
And Your
Lit memorial
aj name to all generations.
13 You 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.
14 Surely 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.
16 For the  Lord has at built up Zion;
He has au appeared in His glory.
17 He 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.
19 For He be looked down from His holy height;
bf From heaven the  Lord gazed
Lit toward
upon the earth,
20 To hear the bh groaning of the prisoner,
To bi set free
Lit the sons of death
those who were doomed to death,
21 That men may bk tell of the name of the  Lord in Zion
And His praise in Jerusalem,
22 When bl the peoples are gathered together,
And the kingdoms, to serve the  Lord.

23 He has weakened my strength in the way;
He has bm shortened my days.
24 I 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.
25 Of 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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