O LORD, You have deceived me and I was deceived ; You have 1overcome me and prevailed. I have become a 2laughingstockallday long; Everyone3mocks me.
For eachtime I speak, I cryaloud ; I 4proclaimviolence and destruction, Because for me the 5word of the LORD has aresulted In reproach and derisionallday long.
But if I say, "I will not 6remember Him Or speakanymore in His name," Then in 7my heart it becomes like a burningfireShut up in my bones ; And I am weary of holding it in, And 8I cannotendure it.
For 9I have heard the whispering of many, "10Terror on everyside ! 11Denounce him; yes, let us denounce him!" bAll my 12trustedfriends , Watching for my fall, say: "Perhaps he will be cdeceived, so that we may 13prevail against him And take our revenge on him."
But the 14LORD is with me like a dreadchampion ; Therefore my 15persecutors will stumble and not prevail. They will be utterlyashamed, because they have dfailed, With an 16everlastingdisgrace that will not be forgotten.
Yet, O LORD of hosts, You who 17test the righteous, Who see the emind and the heart ; Let me 18see Your vengeance on them; For 19to You I have setforth my cause.
1320Sing to the LORD, praise the LORD ! For He has 21delivered the soul of the needyone From the hand of evildoers.
14Cursed be the 22daywhen I was born ; Let the day not be blessedwhen my motherbore me!
15Cursed be the manwhobrought the news To my father, saying, "A f23babyboy has been born to you!" And made him veryhappy.
But let that man be like the citiesWhich the LORD24overthrewwithoutgrelenting, And let him hear an 25outcry in the morning And a hshout of alarm at noon ;
17Because he did not 26kill me ibeforebirth, So that my mother would have been my grave, And her wombeverpregnant.
18Why did I evercomeforth from the womb To 27look on trouble and sorrow, So that my 28days have beenspent in 29shame ?