You have bound me--and it has become a witness; my gauntness1 rises up and testifies against me.2
God assails me and tears3 me in his anger4 and gnashes his teeth at me;5 my opponent fastens on me his piercing eyes.6
Men open their mouths7 to jeer at me;8 they strike my cheek9 in scorn and unite together against me.10
God has turned me over to evil men and thrown me into the clutches of the wicked.11
All was well with me, but he shattered me; he seized me by the neck and crushed me.12 He has made me his target;13
his archers surround me.14 Without pity, he pierces15 my kidneys and spills my gall on the ground.
Again and again16 he bursts upon me; he rushes at me like a warrior.17
"I have sewed sackcloth18 over my skin and buried my brow in the dust.19
My face is red with weeping,20 deep shadows ring my eyes;21
yet my hands have been free of violence22 and my prayer is pure.23
"O earth, do not cover my blood;24 may my cry25 never be laid to rest!26
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