1Woe is me! For I am Like the fruitpickers, like the 1grapegatherers. There is not a cluster of grapes to eat, Or a 2first-ripefig which aI crave.
The bgodlyperson has 3perished from the land, And there is noupright person among men. All of them lie in wait for 4bloodshed ; Each of them hunts the other with a 5net.
3Concerningevil, both handsdo it 6well. The princeasks, also the judge, for a 7bribe, And a greatmanspeaks the desire of his soul ; So they weave it together.
The best of them is like a 8briar, The most upright like a 9thornhedge. The day when you post your watchmen, Your 10punishment will come. Then their 11confusion will occur.
Do not 12trust in a neighbor ; Do not haveconfidence in a friend. From her who lies in your bosomGuardcyour lips.
For 13sontreatsfathercontemptuously, Daughterrises up against her mother, Daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law ; 14A man'senemies are the men of his own household.
But as for me, I will 15watchexpectantly for the LORD ; I will 16wait for the God of my salvation. My 17God will hear me.
818Do not rejoice over me, O 19my enemy. Though I fall I will 20rise ; Though I dwell in darkness, the LORD is a 21light for me.
I will bear the indignation of the LORDBecause I have sinned against Him, Until He 22pleads my case and executesjustice for me. He will bring me out to the 23light, And I will see His d24righteousness.
Then my enemy will see, And shame will cover her who 25said to me, "Where is the LORD your God ?" My eyes will look on her; eAt that time she will fbe 26trampleddown Like mire of the streets.
It will be a day for 27building your walls. On that day will your boundary be extended.
It will be a day when gthey will 28come to you From Assyria and the cities of Egypt, From Egypt even to the hEuphrates, Even from sea to sea and mountain to mountain.
And the earth will become29desolatebecause of her inhabitants, On account of the 30fruit of their deeds.
1431Shepherd Your people with Your 32scepter, The flock of Your ipossession Which dwells by itself in the woodland, In the midst of ja fruitfulfield. Let them feed in 33Bashan and Gilead34As in the days of old.
"As in the days when you came out from the land of Egypt, I will showk35you miracles."
16Nations36will see and be ashamed Of all their might. They will 37put their hand on their mouth, Their ears will be deaf.
They will 38lick the dust like a serpent, Like 39reptiles of the earth. They will come40trembling out of their lfortresses ; To the LORD our God they will come in 41dread And they will be afraidbefore You.
18Who is a Godlike You, who 42pardonsiniquity And passesover the rebelliousact of the 43remnant of His mpossession ? He does not 44retain His angerforever, Because He 45delights in nunchanginglove.
He will againhavecompassion on us; 46He will tread our iniquitiesunderfoot. Yes, You will 47castallotheir sins Into the depths of the sea.
You will givep48truth to Jacob And qunchanginglove to Abraham, Which You 49swore to our forefathers From the days of old.