A prayer of [one] afflicted, when he grows faint and pours out his lament before Yahweh.

A Plea for Personal and National Help

1 O Yahweh, hear my prayer, and let my cry for help come to you.
2 Do not hide your face from me in [the] day [of] my trouble. Incline your ear to me. In the day I call, answer me quickly,
3 for my days vanish in smoke, and my bones are charred like a hearth.
4 My heart is struck like grass and withers. Indeed, I forget to eat my bread.
5 Because of the sound of my groaning my bones cling to my skin.
6 I am like an owl of [the] wilderness; I am like a little owl of [the] ruins.
7 I lie awake and I am like a lone bird on a roof.
8 All the day my enemies reproach me; those who mock me swear [oaths] against me.
9 Indeed, I eat ashes like bread and mix my drink with tears
10 because of your indignation and anger, for you have picked me up and thrown me away.
11 My days [are] like a lengthened shadow, and I wither like grass.
12 But you, O Yahweh, abide forever, and your remembrance {from generation to generation}.
13 You rise up and take pity on Zion, because [it is] time to favor it, for [the] appointed time has come.
14 Your servants take pleasure in her stones, and show favor to its dust.
15 Then [the] nations will fear the name of Yahweh, and all the kings of the earth your glory.
16 For Yahweh will rebuild Zion; he will appear in his glory.
17 He will turn his attention to the prayer of the destitute and will not despise their prayer.
18 Let this be written for [the] next generation, so that a people [yet] to be created may praise Yah,
19 that he looked down from his holy height. Yahweh looked from heaven over [the] earth
20 to hear [the] groaning of [the] prisoner, to liberate {those destined to die},
21 so that [they may] make known in Zion the name of Yahweh, and his praise in Jerusalem,
22 when the peoples assemble, together with kingdoms, to serve Yahweh.
23 He has broken my strength along the way; he has cut short my days.
24 I say, "My God, do not carry me off from my life in the middle of my days." Your years [continue] throughout all generations.
25 Long ago you laid the foundation of the earth, and [the] heavens [are] the work of your hands.
26 They will perish, but you will endure. And like a garment they will all wear out, you will replace them like clothing, and they will be set aside.
27 But you [are] the same, and your years do not end.
28 The children of your servants will continue, and their {descendants} will be established before you.