Psalm 102 (New American Standard)

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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. 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. 3 For my days 6have been aconsumed in smoke, And my 7bones have been scorched like a hearth. 4 My heart 8has been smitten like bgrass and has 9withered away, Indeed, I 10forget to eat my bread. 5 Because of the cloudness of my groaning My 11bones dcling to my flesh. 6 I eresemble a 12pelican of the wilderness ; I have become like an owl of the waste places. 7 I 13lie awake, I have become like a lonely bird on a housetop. 8 My enemies 14have reproached me all day long; Those who f15deride me ghave used my name as a 16curse. 9 For I have eaten ashes like bread And 17mingled my drink with weeping 10 18Because of Your indignation and Your wrath, For You have 19lifted me up and cast me away. 11 My days are like a h20lengthened shadow, And iI 21wither away like jgrass. 12 But You, O LORD, k22abide forever, And Your l23name to all generations. 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 mfind pleasure in her stones And feel pity for her dust. 15 nSo the o28nations will fear the name of the LORD And 29all the kings of the earth Your glory. 16 For the LORD has 30built up Zion ; He has 31appeared in His glory. 17 He has 32regarded the prayer of the pdestitute And has not despised their prayer. 18 qThis will be 33written for the 34generation to come, rThat 35a people yet to be created smay praise tthe LORD. 19 For He 36looked down from His holy height ; 37From heaven the LORD gazed uupon the earth, 20 To hear the 38groaning of the prisoner, To 39set free vthose who were doomed to death, 21 That men may 40tell of the name of the LORD in Zion And His praise in Jerusalem, 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. 24 I say, "O my God, 43do not take me away in the wmidst of my days, Your 44years are throughout all generations. 25 "Of old You 45founded the earth, And the 46heavens are the work of Your hands. 26 "xEven 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. 27 "But You are y48the same, And Your years will not come to an end. 28 "The 49children of Your servants will continue, And their z50descendants will be established before You."
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