All we hear are the taunts of our mockers. All we see are our vengeful enemies.
All this has happened despite our loyalty to you. We have not violated your covenant.
Our hearts have not deserted you. We have not strayed from your path.
Yet you have crushed us in the desert. You have covered us with darkness and death.
If we had turned away from worshiping our God or spread our hands in prayer to foreign gods,
God would surely have known it, for he knows the secrets of every heart.
For your sake we are killed every day; we are being slaughtered like sheep.
Wake up, O Lord! Why do you sleep? Get up! Do not reject us forever.
Why do you look the other way? Why do you ignore our suffering and oppression?
We collapse in the dust, lying face down in the dirt.
Rise up! Come and help us! Save us because of your unfailing love.
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)