Prayer of an Afflicted Man for Mercy on Himself and on Zion.

1 1Hear my prayer, O LORD! And let my cry for help 2come to You.
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2 3Do not hide Your face from me in the day of my distress; 4Incline Your ear to me; In the day when I call 5answer me quickly.
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3 For my days 6have been consumed in smoke, And my 7bones have been scorched like a hearth.
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4 My heart 8has been smitten like grass and has 9withered away, Indeed, I 10forget to eat my bread.
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5 Because of the loudness of my groaning My 11bones cling to my flesh.
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    • c 102:5 - Lit "voice"
    • d 102:5 - Lit "have cleaved"
      6 I resemble a 12pelican of the wilderness; I have become like an owl of the waste places.
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        • e 102:6 - Lit "have become similar to"
          7 I 13lie awake, I have become like a lonely bird on a housetop.
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          8 My enemies 14have reproached me all day long; Those who 15deride me have used my name as a 16curse.
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            • f 102:8 - Or "made a fool of"
            • g 102:8 - Lit "have sworn by me"
              9 For I have eaten ashes like bread And 17mingled my drink with weeping
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              10 18Because * of Your indignation and Your wrath, For You have 19lifted me up and cast me away.
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              11 My days are like a 20lengthened shadow, And I 21wither away like grass.
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                  12 But You, O LORD, 22abide forever, And Your 23name to all generations.
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                  13 You will 24arise and have 25compassion on Zion; For 26it is time to be gracious to her, For the 27appointed time has come.
                  14 Surely Your servants find pleasure in her stones And feel pity for her dust.
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                      15 So the 28nations will fear the name of the LORD And 29all the kings of the earth Your glory.
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                          16 For the LORD has 30built up Zion; He has 31appeared in His glory.
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                          17 He has 32regarded the prayer of the destitute And has not despised their prayer.
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                          18 This will be 33written for the 34generation to come, That 35a people yet to be created may praise the LORD.
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                              19 For He 36looked down from His holy height; 37From heaven the LORD gazed upon the earth,
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                              20 To hear the 38groaning of the prisoner, To 39set free those who were doomed to death,
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                                • v 102:20 - Lit "the sons of death"
                                  21 That men may 40tell of the name of the LORD in Zion And His praise in Jerusalem,
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                                  22 When 41the peoples are gathered together, And the kingdoms, to serve the LORD.
                                  23 He has weakened my strength in the way; He has 42shortened my days.
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                                  24 I say, "O my God, 43do not take me away in the midst of my days, Your 44years are throughout all generations.
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                                  25 "Of old You 45founded the earth, And the 46heavens are the work of Your hands.
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                                  26 "Even they will 47perish, but You endure; And all of them will wear out like a garment; Like clothing You will change them and they will be changed.
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                                  27 "But You are 48the same, And Your years will not come to an end.
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                                  28 "The 49children of Your servants will continue, And their 50descendants will be established before You."
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