But if I say, "I will not mention him or speak any more in his name,"1 his word is in my heart like a fire,2 a fire shut up in my bones. I am weary of holding it in;3 indeed, I cannot.
I hear many whispering, "Terror4 on every side! Report5 him! Let's report him!" All my friends6 are waiting for me to slip,7 saying, "Perhaps he will be deceived; then we will prevail8 over him and take our revenge9 on him."
But the LORD 10 is with me like a mighty warrior; so my persecutors11 will stumble and not prevail.12 They will fail and be thoroughly disgraced;13 their dishonor will never be forgotten.
O LORD Almighty, you who examine the righteous and probe the heart and mind,14 let me see your vengeance15 upon them, for to you I have committed16 my cause.
Sing17 to the LORD! Give praise to the LORD! He rescues18 the life of the needy from the hands of the wicked.1914
Cursed be the day I was born!20 May the day my mother bore me not be blessed!
Cursed be the man who brought my father the news, who made him very glad, saying, "A child is born to you--a son!"
May that man be like the towns21 the LORD overthrew without pity. May he hear wailing22 in the morning, a battle cry at noon.
For he did not kill me in the womb,23 with my mother as my grave, her womb enlarged forever.
Why did I ever come out of the womb24 to see trouble25 and sorrow and to end my days in shame?26