Psalm 102 ESV

Do Not Hide Your Face from Me

A Prayer of one afflicted, when he is faint and pours out his complaint before the Lord.

1 1Hear my prayer, O LORD; let my cry 2come to you!

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2 3Do not hide your face from me in 4the day of my distress! 5Incline your ear to me; 6answer me speedily 7in the day when I call!

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      3 For my days 8pass away like smoke, and my 9bones burn like a furnace.

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      4 My heart is 10struck down like grass and 11has withered; I 12forget to eat my bread.

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      5 Because of my loud groaning my 13bones cling to my flesh.

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      6 I am like 14a desert owl of the wilderness, like an owla of the waste places;

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        • Ĝ 102:6 - The precise identity of these birds is uncertain
          7 I 15lie awake; I am like a lonely sparrow on the housetop.

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          8 All the day my enemies taunt me; those who 16deride me 17use my name for a curse.

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          9 For I eat ashes like bread and 18mingle tears with my drink,

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          10 because of your indignation and anger; for you have 19taken me up and 20thrown me down.

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          11 My days are like 21an evening shadow; I 22wither away like grass.

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              12 But you, O LORD, are 23enthroned forever; you 24are remembered throughout all generations.

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                  13 You will 25arise and have 26pity on Zion; it is the time to favor her; 27the appointed time has come.

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                  14 For your servants hold her 28stones dear and have pity on her dust.

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                  15 Nations will 29fear the name of the LORD, and all 30the kings of the earth will fear your glory.

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                  16 For the LORD 31builds up Zion; he 32appears in his glory;

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                  17 he 33regards the prayer of the destitute and does not despise their prayer.

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                  18 Let this be 34recorded for 35a generation to come, so that 36a people yet to be created may praise the LORD:

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                  19 that he 37looked down from his holy height; from heaven the LORD looked at the earth,

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                  20 to hear 38the groans of the prisoners, to set free 39those who were doomed to die,

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                  21 that they may 40declare in Zion the name of the LORD, and in Jerusalem his praise,

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                  22 when 41peoples gather together, and kingdoms, to worship the LORD.

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                  23 He has broken my strength in midcourse; he 42has shortened my days.

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                  24 "O my God,"43I say, "take me not away in the midst of my days-- 44you whose years endure throughout all generations!"

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                  25 45Of old you laid the foundation of the earth, and 46the heavens are the work of your hands.

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                  26 47They will perish, but 48you will remain; they will all wear out like a garment. You will change them like a robe, and they will pass away,

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                  27 but 49you are the same, and your years have no end.

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                  28 50The children of your servants 51shall dwell secure; 52their offspring shall be established before you.

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