I am bowed down1 and brought very low; all day long I go about mourning.27
My back is filled with searing pain;3 there is no health4 in my body.
I am feeble and utterly crushed;5 I groan6 in anguish of heart.79
All my longings8 lie open before you, O Lord; my sighing9 is not hidden from you.
My heart pounds,10 my strength fails11 me; even the light has gone from my eyes.1211
My friends and companions avoid me because of my wounds;13 my neighbors stay far away.
Those who seek my life set their traps,14 those who would harm me talk of my ruin;15 all day long they plot deception.1613
I am like a deaf man, who cannot hear,17 like a mute, who cannot open his mouth;
I have become like a man who does not hear, whose mouth can offer no reply.
I wait18 for you, O LORD; you will answer,19 O Lord my God.
For I said, "Do not let them gloat20 or exalt themselves over me when my foot slips."21