The Prophet Acknowledges

1 Woe is me! For I am Like the fruit pickers, like the 1grape gatherers. There is not a cluster of grapes to eat, Or a 2first-ripe fig which I crave.
2 The godly person has 3perished from the land, And there is no upright person among men. All of them lie in wait for 4bloodshed; Each of them hunts the other with a 5net.
3 Concerning evil, both hands do it 6well. The prince asks, also the judge, for a 7bribe, And a great man speaks the desire of his soul; So they weave it together.
4 The best of them is like a 8briar, The most upright like a 9thorn hedge. The day when you post your watchmen, Your 10punishment will come. Then their 11confusion will occur.
5 Do not 12trust in a neighbor; Do not have confidence in a friend. From her who lies in your bosom Guard your lips.
6 For 13son treats father contemptuously, Daughter rises up against her mother, Daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law; 14A man's enemies are the men of his own household.

God Is the Source of Salvation and Light

7 But as for me, I will 15watch expectantly for the LORD; I will 16wait for the God of my salvation. My 17God will hear me.