A Prayer of An Afflicted Man
Hear my prayer, O L-RD, and let my cry come unto Thee.
Hide 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.
For my days are consumed like smoke, and my bones are burned as an hearth.
My heart is smitten, and withered like grass; so that I forget to eat my bread.
By reason of the voice of my groaning my bones cleave to my skin.
I am like a pelican of the wilderness: I am like an owl of the desert.
I watch, and am as a sparrow alone upon the house top.
Mine enemies reproach me all the day; and they that are mad against me are sworn against me.
For I have eaten ashes like bread, and mingled my drink with weeping,
Because of Thine indignation and Thy wrath: for Thou hast lifted me up, and cast me down.
My days are like a shadow that declineth; and I am withered like grass.
But thou, O L-RD, shalt endure for ever; and Thy remembrance unto all generations.
Thou shalt arise, and have mercy upon Zion: for the time to favour her, yea, the set time, is come.
For Thy servants take pleasure in her stones, and favour the dust thereof.
So the heathen shall fear the Name of the L-RD, and all the kings of the earth Thy glory.
When the L-RD shall build up Zion, He shall appear in His glory.
He will regard the prayer of the destitute, and not despise their prayer.
This shall be written for the generation to come; and the people which shall be created shall praise the L-RD.