1I am the man who has seen affliction under the 2rod of his wrath;
he has driven and brought me 3into darkness without any light;
surely against me he turns his hand again and again the whole day long.
He has made my flesh and my skin waste away; 4he has broken my bones;
5he has besieged and enveloped me with 6bitterness and tribulation;
7he has made me dwell in darkness like the dead of long ago.
8He has walled me about so that 9I cannot escape; he has made my chains heavy;
though 10I call and cry for help, he shuts out my prayer;
11he has blocked my ways with blocks of stones; he has made my paths crooked.
12He is a bear lying in wait for me, a lion in hiding;
13he turned aside my steps and 14tore me to pieces; 15he has made me desolate;
16he bent his bow 17and set me as a target for his arrow.
He drove into my kidneys 18the arrows of his quiver;
19I have become the laughingstock of all peoples, 20the object of their taunts all day long.
21He has filled me with bitterness; he has sated me with 22wormwood.
23He has made my teeth grind on gravel, and 24made me cower in ashes;
my soul is bereft of peace; I have forgotten what happiness is;
25so I say, "My endurance has perished; so has my hope from the LORD."
26Remember my affliction and my wanderings, 27the wormwood and 28the gall!
My soul continually remembers it 29and is bowed down within me.
But this I call to mind, and 30therefore I have hope:
31The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases; 32his mercies never come to an end;
they are new 33every morning; 34great is your faithfulness.
35"The LORD is my portion," says my soul, 36"therefore I will hope in him."
The LORD is good to those who 37wait for him, to the soul who seeks him.
38It is good that one should wait quietly for the salvation of the LORD.
39It is good for a man that he bear the yoke 40in his youth.
Let him 41sit alone in silence when it is laid on him;
42let him put his mouth in the dust-- there may yet be hope;
43let him give his cheek to the one who strikes, and let him be filled with insults.
44For the Lord will not cast off forever,
but, though he 45cause grief, 46he will have compassion 47according to the abundance of his steadfast love;
48for he does not willingly afflict or 49grieve the children of men.
To crush underfoot all 50the prisoners of the earth,
51to deny a man justice in the presence of the Most High,
to subvert a man in his lawsuit, 52the Lord does not approve.
53Who has spoken and it came to pass, unless the Lord has commanded it?
54Is it not from the mouth of the Most High that good and bad come?
55Why should a living man complain, a man, about the punishment of his sins?
Let us test and examine our ways, 56and return to the LORD!
57Let us lift up our hearts and hands to God in heaven:
58"We have transgressed and 59rebelled, and you have not forgiven.
"You have wrapped yourself with anger and pursued us, 60killing without pity;
61you have wrapped yourself with a cloud so that no prayer can pass through.
62You have made us scum and garbage among the peoples.
63"All our enemies open their mouths against us;
64panic and pitfall have come upon us, devastation and 65destruction;
66my eyes flow with rivers of tears because of the destruction of the daughter of my people.
67"My eyes will flow without ceasing, without respite,
68until the LORD from heaven looks down and sees;
my eyes cause me grief at the fate of all the daughters of my city.
69"I have been hunted 70like a bird by those who were my enemies 71without cause;
72they flung me alive into the pit 73and cast stones on me;
74water closed over my head; I said, 75'I am lost.'
76"I called on your name, O LORD, from the depths of the pit;
77you heard my plea, 'Do not close your ear to my cry for help!'
78You came near when I called on you; you said, 79'Do not fear!'
"You have 80taken up my cause, 81O Lord; you have 82redeemed my life.
You have seen the wrong done to me, 83O LORD; judge my cause.
You have seen all their vengeance, all 84their plots against me.
85"You have heard their taunts, O LORD, all 86their plots against me.
The lips and thoughts 87of my assailants are against me all the day long.
88Behold their sitting and their rising; 89I am the object of their taunts.
90"You will repay them, O LORD, 91according to the work of their hands.
You will give them dullness of heart; your curse will be on them.
You will pursue them in anger and 92destroy them from under 93your heavens, O LORD."