"My spirit is crushed, and I am near death. The grave is ready to receive me.
I am surrounded by mockers. I watch how bitterly they taunt me.
"You must defend my innocence, O God, since no one else will stand up for me.
You have closed their minds to understanding, but do not let them triumph.
They denounce their companions for their own advantage, so let their children faint with hunger.
"God has made a mockery of me among the people; they spit in my face.
My eyes are dim with weeping, and I am but a shadow of my former self.
The upright are astonished when they see me. The innocent are aroused against the ungodly.
The righteous will move onward and forward, and those with pure hearts will become stronger and stronger.
"As for all of you, come back and try again! But I will not find a wise man among you.
My days are over. My hopes have disappeared. My heart's desires are broken.
They say that night is day and day is night; how they pervert the truth!
I might go to the grave and make my bed in darkness.
And I might call the grave my father, and the worm my mother and my sister.
But where then is my hope? Can anyone find it?
No, my hope will go down with me to the grave. We will rest together in the dust!"
Scripture quotations marked NLT are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright 1996. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois 60189. All rights reserved. (New Living Translation - The Bible Online)