1 O Lord, hear my prayer ♦︎
and let my crying come before you.
2 Hide not your face from me ♦︎
in the day of my distress.
3 Incline your ear to me; ♦︎
when I call, make haste to answer me,
4 For my days are consumed in smoke ♦︎
and my bones burn away as in a furnace.
5 My heart is smitten down and withered like grass, ♦︎
so that I forget to eat my bread.
6 From the sound of my groaning ♦︎
my bones cleave fast to my skin.
7 I am become like a vulture in the wilderness, ♦︎
like an owl that haunts the ruins.
8 I keep watch and am become like a sparrow ♦︎
solitary upon the housetop.
9 My enemies revile me all the day long, ♦︎
and those who rage at me have sworn together against me.
10 I have eaten ashes for bread ♦︎
and mingled my drink with weeping,
11 Because of your indignation and wrath, ♦︎
for you have taken me up and cast me down.
12 My days fade away like a shadow, ♦︎
and I am withered like grass.
13 But you, O Lord, shall endure for ever ♦︎
and your name through all generations.
14 You will arise and have pity on Zion; ♦︎
it is time to have mercy upon her;
surely the time has come.
15 For your servants love her very stones ♦︎
and feel compassion for her dust.
16 Then shall the nations fear your name, O Lord, ♦︎
and all the kings of the earth your glory,
17 When the Lord has built up Zion ♦︎
and shown himself in glory;
18 When he has turned to the prayer of the destitute ♦︎
and has not despised their plea.
19 This shall be written for those that come after, ♦︎
and a people yet unborn shall praise the Lord.
20 For he has looked down from his holy height; ♦︎
from the heavens he beheld the earth,
21 That he might hear the sighings of the prisoner ♦︎
and set free those condemned to die;
22 That the name of the Lord may be proclaimed in Zion ♦︎
and his praises in Jerusalem,
23 When peoples are gathered together ♦︎
and kingdoms also, to serve the Lord.
24 He has brought down my strength in my journey ♦︎
and has shortened my days.
25 I pray, O my God, do not take me in the midst of my days; ♦︎
your years endure throughout all generations.
26 In the beginning you laid the foundations of the earth, ♦︎
and the heavens are the work of your hands;
27 They shall perish, but you will endure; ♦︎
they all shall wear out like a garment.
28 You change them like clothing, and they shall be changed; ♦︎
but you are the same, and your years will not fail.
29 The children of your servants shall continue, ♦︎
and their descendants shall be established in your sight.