You understand, O LORD; remember me and care for me. Avenge me on my persecutors.1 You are long-suffering2--do not take me away; think of how I suffer reproach for your sake.316
When your words came, I ate4 them; they were my joy and my heart's delight,5 for I bear your name,6 O LORD God Almighty.
I never sat7 in the company of revelers, never made merry with them; I sat alone because your hand8 was on me and you had filled me with indignation.
Why is my pain unending and my wound grievous and incurable?9 Will you be to me like a deceptive brook, like a spring that fails?10