I lie awake, lonely as a solitary bird on the roof.
My enemies taunt me day after day. They mock and curse me.
I eat ashes instead of my food. My tears run down into my drink
because of your anger and wrath. For you have picked me up and thrown me out.
My life passes as swiftly as the evening shadows. I am withering like grass.
But you, O LORD, will rule forever. Your fame will endure to every generation.
You will arise and have mercy on Jerusalem a -- and now is the time to pity her, now is the time you promised to help.
For your people love every stone in her walls and show favor even to the dust in her streets.
And the nations will tremble before the LORD. The kings of the earth will tremble before his glory.
For the LORD will rebuild Jerusalem. He will appear in his glory.
He will listen to the prayers of the destitute. He will not reject their pleas.
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)