Hear my prayer,1 O LORD; let my cry for help2 come to you.
Do not hide your face3 from me when I am in distress. Turn your ear4 to me; when I call, answer me quickly.
For my days vanish like smoke;5 my bones6 burn like glowing embers.
My heart is blighted and withered like grass;7 I forget to eat my food.85
Because of my loud groaning9 I am reduced to skin and bones.
I am like a desert owl,10 like an owl among the ruins.
I lie awake;11 I have become like a bird alone12 on a roof.
All day long my enemies13 taunt me;14 those who rail against me use my name as a curse.159
For I eat ashes16 as my food and mingle my drink with tears1710
because of your great wrath,18 for you have taken me up and thrown me aside.