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1 I am the man who has seen affliction Because of the rod of His wrath. 1 I am the man who has seen affliction by the rod of his wrath.
2 He has driven me and made me walk In darkness and not in light. 2 He has driven me away and made me walk in darkness rather than light;
3 Surely against me He has turned His hand Repeatedly all the day. 3 indeed, he has turned his hand against me again and again, all day long.
4 He has caused my flesh and my skin to waste away, He has broken my bones. 4 He has made my skin and my flesh grow old and has broken my bones.
5 He has besieged and encompassed me with bitterness and hardship. 5 He has besieged me and surrounded me with bitterness and hardship.
6 In dark places He has made me dwell, Like those who have long been dead. 6 He has made me dwell in darkness like those long dead.
7 He has walled me in so that I cannot go out; He has made my chain heavy. 7 He has walled me in so I cannot escape; he has weighed me down with chains.
8 Even when I cry out and call for help, He shuts out my prayer. 8 Even when I call out or cry for help, he shuts out my prayer.
9 He has blocked my ways with hewn stone; He has made my paths crooked. 9 He has barred my way with blocks of stone; he has made my paths crooked.
10 He is to me like a bear lying in wait, Like a lion in secret places. 10 Like a bear lying in wait, like a lion in hiding,
11 He has turned aside my ways and torn me to pieces; He has made me desolate. 11 he dragged me from the path and mangled me and left me without help.
12 He bent His bow And set me as a target for the arrow. 12 He drew his bow and made me the target for his arrows.
13 He made the arrows of His quiver To enter into my inward parts. 13 He pierced my heart with arrows from his quiver.
14 I have become a laughingstock to all my people, Their mocking song all the day. 14 I became the laughingstock of all my people; they mock me in song all day long.
15 He has filled me with bitterness, He has made me drunk with wormwood. 15 He has filled me with bitter herbs and sated me with gall.
16 He has broken my teeth with gravel; He has made me cower in the dust. 16 He has broken my teeth with gravel; he has trampled me in the dust.
17 My soul has been rejected from peace; I have forgotten happiness. 17 I have been deprived of peace; I have forgotten what prosperity is.
18 So I say, "My strength has perished, And so has my hope from the LORD." 18 So I say, "My splendor is gone and all that I had hoped from the LORD."
19 Remember my affliction and my wandering, the wormwood and bitterness. 19 I remember my affliction and my wandering, the bitterness and the gall.
20 Surely my soul remembers And is bowed down within me. 20 I well remember them, and my soul is downcast within me.
21 This I recall to my mind, Therefore I have hope. 21 Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope:
22 The LORD'S lovingkindnesses indeed never cease, For His compassions never fail. 22 Because of the LORD's great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail.
23 They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness. 23 They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.
24 "The LORD is my portion," says my soul, "Therefore I have hope in Him." 24 I say to myself, "The LORD is my portion; therefore I will wait for him."
25 The LORD is good to those who wait for Him, To the person who seeks Him. 25 The LORD is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him;
26 It is good that he waits silently For the salvation of the LORD. 26 it is good to wait quietly for the salvation of the LORD.
27 It is good for a man that he should bear The yoke in his youth. 27 It is good for a man to bear the yoke while he is young.
28 Let him sit alone and be silent Since He has laid it on him. 28 Let him sit alone in silence, for the LORD has laid it on him.
29 Let him put his mouth in the dust, Perhaps there is hope. 29 Let him bury his face in the dust-- there may yet be hope.
30 Let him give his cheek to the smiter, Let him be filled with reproach. 30 Let him offer his cheek to one who would strike him, and let him be filled with disgrace.
31 For the Lord will not reject forever, 31 For men are not cast off by the Lord forever.
32 For if He causes grief, Then He will have compassion According to His abundant lovingkindness. 32 Though he brings grief, he will show compassion, so great is his unfailing love.
33 For He does not afflict willingly Or grieve the sons of men. 33 For he does not willingly bring affliction or grief to the children of men.
34 To crush under His feet All the prisoners of the land, 34 To crush underfoot all prisoners in the land,
35 To deprive a man of justice In the presence of the Most High, 35 to deny a man his rights before the Most High,
36 To defraud a man in his lawsuit - Of these things the Lord does not approve. 36 to deprive a man of justice-- would not the Lord see such things?
37 Who is there who speaks and it comes to pass, Unless the Lord has commanded it? 37 Who can speak and have it happen if the Lord has not decreed it?
38 Is it not from the mouth of the Most High That both good and ill go forth? 38 Is it not from the mouth of the Most High that both calamities and good things come?
39 Why should any living mortal, or any man, Offer complaint in view of his sins? 39 Why should any living man complain when punished for his sins?
40 Let us examine and probe our ways, And let us return to the LORD. 40 Let us examine our ways and test them, and let us return to the LORD.
41 We lift up our heart and hands Toward God in heaven; 41 Let us lift up our hearts and our hands to God in heaven, and say:
42 We have transgressed and rebelled, You have not pardoned. 42 "We have sinned and rebelled and you have not forgiven.
43 You have covered Yourself with anger And pursued us; You have slain and have not spared. 43 "You have covered yourself with anger and pursued us; you have slain without pity.
44 You have covered Yourself with a cloud So that no prayer can pass through. 44 You have covered yourself with a cloud so that no prayer can get through.
45 You have made us mere offscouring and refuse In the midst of the peoples. 45 You have made us scum and refuse among the nations.
46 All our enemies have opened their mouths against us. 46 "All our enemies have opened their mouths wide against us.
47 Panic and pitfall have befallen us, Devastation and destruction; 47 We have suffered terror and pitfalls, ruin and destruction."
48 My eyes run down with streams of water Because of the destruction of the daughter of my people. 48 Streams of tears flow from my eyes because my people are destroyed.
49 My eyes pour down unceasingly , Without stopping, 49 My eyes will flow unceasingly, without relief,
50 Until the LORD looks down And sees from heaven. 50 until the LORD looks down from heaven and sees.
51 My eyes bring pain to my soul Because of all the daughters of my city. 51 What I see brings grief to my soul because of all the women of my city.
52 My enemies without cause Hunted me down like a bird; 52 Those who were my enemies without cause hunted me like a bird.
53 They have silenced me in the pit And have placed a stone on me. 53 They tried to end my life in a pit and threw stones at me;
54 Waters flowed over my head; I said, "I am cut off!" 54 the waters closed over my head, and I thought I was about to be cut off.
55 I called on Your name, O LORD, Out of the lowest pit. 55 I called on your name, O LORD, from the depths of the pit.
56 You have heard my voice, "Do not hide Your ear from my prayer for relief, From my cry for help." 56 You heard my plea: "Do not close your ears to my cry for relief."
57 You drew near when I called on You; You said, "Do not fear!" 57 You came near when I called you, and you said, "Do not fear."
58 O Lord, You have pleaded my soul's cause; You have redeemed my life. 58 O Lord, you took up my case; you redeemed my life.
59 O LORD, You have seen my oppression; Judge my case. 59 You have seen, O LORD, the wrong done to me. Uphold my cause!
60 You have seen all their vengeance, All their schemes against me. 60 You have seen the depth of their vengeance, all their plots against me.
61 You have heard their reproach, O LORD, All their schemes against me. 61 O LORD, you have heard their insults, all their plots against me--
62 The lips of my assailants and their whispering Are against me all day long. 62 what my enemies whisper and mutter against me all day long.
63 Look on their sitting and their rising; I am their mocking song. 63 Look at them! Sitting or standing, they mock me in their songs.
64 You will recompense them, O LORD, According to the work of their hands. 64 Pay them back what they deserve, O LORD, for what their hands have done.
65 You will give them hardness of heart, Your curse will be on them. 65 Put a veil over their hearts, and may your curse be on them!
66 You will pursue them in anger and destroy them From under the heavens of the LORD! 66 Pursue them in anger and destroy them from under the heavens of the LORD.