"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.
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)