Hear my prayer,1 O LORD; let my cry for help2 come to you.
Do not hide your face3 from me when I am in distress. Turn your ear4 to me; when I call, answer me quickly.
For my days vanish like smoke;5 my bones6 burn like glowing embers.
My heart is blighted and withered like grass;7 I forget to eat my food.85
Because of my loud groaning9 I am reduced to skin and bones.
I am like a desert owl,10 like an owl among the ruins.
I lie awake;11 I have become like a bird alone12 on a roof.
All day long my enemies13 taunt me;14 those who rail against me use my name as a curse.159
For I eat ashes16 as my food and mingle my drink with tears1710
because of your great wrath,18 for you have taken me up and thrown me aside.
My days are like the evening shadow;19 I wither20 away like grass.