I am one who has seen affliction1 by the rod of the LORD's wrath.22
He has driven me away and made me walk in darkness3 rather than light;
indeed, he has turned his hand against me4 again and again, all day long.
He has made my skin and my flesh grow old5 and has broken my bones.65
He has besieged me and surrounded me with bitterness7 and hardship.86
He has made me dwell in darkness like those long dead.97
He has walled me in so I cannot escape;10 he has weighed me down with chains.118
Even when I call out or cry for help,12 he shuts out my prayer.139
He has barred14 my way with blocks of stone; he has made my paths crooked.1510
Like a bear lying in wait, like a lion16 in hiding,1711
he dragged me from the path and mangled18 me and left me without help.
He drew his bow19 and made me the target20 for his arrows.2113
He pierced22 my heart with arrows from his quiver.2314
I became the laughingstock24 of all my people;25 they mock me in song26 all day long.
He has filled me with bitter herbs and sated me with gall.2716
He has broken my teeth with gravel;28 he has trampled me in the dust.2917
I have been deprived of peace; I have forgotten what prosperity is.
So I say, "My splendor is gone and all that I had hoped from the LORD."3019
I remember my affliction and my wandering, the bitterness31 and the gall.3220
I well remember them, and my soul is downcast33 within me.3421
Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope:
Because of the LORD's great love35 we are not consumed,36 for his compassions never fail.3723
They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.3824
I say to myself, "The LORD is my portion;39 therefore I will wait for him."
The LORD is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him;4026
it is good to wait quietly41 for the salvation of the LORD.4227
It is good for people to bear the yoke while they are young.
Let them sit alone in silence,43 for the LORD has laid it on them.
Let them bury their faces in the dust44-- there may yet be hope.4530
Let them offer their cheeks to one who would strike them,46 and let them be filled with disgrace.4731
For people are not cast off by the Lord forever.4832
Though he brings grief, he will show compassion, so great is his unfailing love.4933
For he does not willingly bring affliction or grief to any human being.5034
To crush underfoot all prisoners in the land,
to deny people their rights before the Most High,5136
to deprive them of justice-- would not the Lord see such things?5237
Who can speak and have it happen if the Lord has not decreed it?5338
Is it not from the mouth of the Most High that both calamities and good things come?5439
Why should the living complain when punished for their sins?5540
Let us examine our ways and test them,56 and let us return to the LORD.5741
Let us lift up our hearts and our hands to God in heaven,58 and say:
"We have sinned and rebelled59 and you have not forgiven.6043
"You have covered yourself with anger and pursued61 us; you have slain without pity.6244
You have covered yourself with a cloud63 so that no prayer64 can get through.6545
You have made us scum66 and refuse among the nations.
"All our enemies have opened their mouths wide67 against us.6847
We have suffered terror and pitfalls,69 ruin and destruction.70"
Streams of tears71 flow from my eyes72 because my people are destroyed.7349
My eyes will flow unceasingly, without relief,7450
until the LORD looks down from heaven and sees.7551
What I see brings grief to my soul because of all the women of my city.
Those who were my enemies without cause hunted me like a bird.7653
They tried to end my life in a pit77 and threw stones at me;
the waters closed over my head,78 and I thought I was about to perish.7955
I called on your name, LORD, from the depths80 of the pit.8156
You heard my plea:82 "Do not close your ears to my cry for relief."
You came near83 when I called you, and you said, "Do not fear."8458
You, Lord, took up my case;85 you redeemed my life.8659
LORD, you have seen the wrong done to me.87 Uphold my cause!8860
You have seen the depth of their vengeance, all their plots against me.8961
LORD, you have heard their insults,90 all their plots against me--
what my enemies whisper and mutter against me all day long.9163
Look at them! Sitting or standing, they mock me in their songs.9264
Pay them back what they deserve, LORD, for what their hands have done.9365
Put a veil over their hearts,94 and may your curse be on them!
Pursue95 them in anger and destroy them from under the heavens of the LORD.