to listen to the sighing of the prisoner, to set free those who are sentenced to death,
to proclaim the name of ADONAI in Tziyon and his praise in Yerushalayim
when peoples and kingdoms have been gathered together to serve ADONAI.
He has broken my strength in midcourse, he has cut short my days.
I plead, "God, your years last through all generations; so don't take me away when my life is half over!
In the beginning, you laid the foundations of the earth; heaven is the work of your hands.
They will vanish, but you will remain; like clothing, they will all grow old; yes, you will change them like clothing, and they will pass away.
But you remain the same, and your years will never end.
The children of your servants will live securely and their descendants be established in your presence."