How sad for me! For I am like one who- when the summer fruit has been gathered after the gleaning of the grape harvest- [finds] no grape cluster to eat, no early fig, which I crave.a2
Godly people have vanished from the land; there is no one upright among the people.b All of them wait in ambush to shed blood; they hunt each other with a net.
Both hands are good at accomplishing evil: the official and the judge demand a bribe;c when the powerful man communicates his evil desire, they plot it together.
The best of them is like a brier; the most upright is worse than a hedge of thorns. The day of your watchmen, [the day of] your punishment, is coming; at this time their panic is here.
Do not rely on a friend; don't trust in a close companion. Seal your mouth from the woman who lies in your arms.
For a son considers his father a fool, a daughter opposes her mother, and a daughter-in-law is against her mother-in-law; a person's enemies are the people in his own home.d7
But as for me, I will look to the Lord; I will wait for the God of my salvation.e My God will hear me.