I am the man who has seen affliction under the rod of God's wrath.
He has driven me away and forced [me] to walk in darkness instead of light.a3
Yes, He repeatedly turns His hand against me all day long.
He has worn away my flesh and skin;b He has shattered my bones.
He has laid siege against me, encircling me with bitterness and hardship.
He has made me dwell in darkness like those who have been dead for ages.c
He has walled me in so I cannot escape; He has weighed me down with chains.
Even when I cry out and plead for help, He rejects my prayer.d9
He has walled in my ways with cut stones; He has made my paths crooked.e
He ground my teeth on graveln and made me cowero in the dust.
My soul has been deprivedp of peace;q I have forgotten what happiness is.
Then I thought: My futurer is lost, as well as my hope from the Lord.
[Because of] the Lord's faithful lovex we do not perish,y for His mercies never end.
They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness!z24
I say: The Lord is my portion,aa therefore I will put my hope in Him.
The Lord is good to those who waitbb for Him, to the person who seeks Him.
It is good to wait quietly for deliverance from the Lord.cc27
It is good for a man to bear the yoke while he is [still] young.
Let him sit alone and be silent, for God has disciplined him.
Let him put his mouth in the dust- perhaps there is [still] hope.
Let him offer [his] cheek to the one who would strike him;dd let him be filled with shame.
For the Lord will not reject [us] forever.
Even if He causes suffering, He will show compassion according to His abundant, faithful love.
For He does not enjoy bringing affliction or suffering on mankind.
Crushing all the prisoners of the landee beneath one's feet,
denying justice to a man in the presence of the Most High,
or suppressing a person's lawsuitff- the Lord does not approve [of these things].
Who is there who speaks and it happens, unless the Lord has ordained [it]?
Do not both adversity and good come from the mouth of the Most High?gg39
Why should [any] living person complain, [any] man, because of the punishment for his sins?
You have covered Yourself in anger and pursued us; You have killed without compassion.jj44
You have covered Yourself with a cloud so that no prayer can pass through.kk45
You have made us disgusting filth among the peoples.ll
All our enemies open their mouths against us.mm47
We have experienced panic and pitfall,nn devastation and destruction.
My eyes flow with streams of tears because of the destruction of my dear people.
Lord, You hear their insults, all their plots against me.
The slanderzz and murmuring of my opponents attack me all day long.
When they sit and when they rise, look, I am mocked by their songs.52
You will pay them back what they deserve, Lord, according to the work of their hands.5365
You will give them a heart filled with anguish.5455 May Your curse be on them!
You will pursue [them] in anger and destroy them under Your heavens.5657