1I am the man that has seen affliction because of the rod of God’sa wrath.
2He has driven me and made me walk in darkness and not in light.
3Surely he turns his hand against me again and again all day long.
4He has caused my flesh and my skin to waste away; he has broken my bones.
5He has built against me and surrounded me with gall and tribulation.
6He has made me to live in dark places like those that have been long dead.
7He has walled me in so that I cannot go out; he has made my prison chain heavy.
8Even when I cry out and call for help, he shuts out my prayer.
9He has walled up my waysb with cut stone; he has made my paths twisted.
10To me, he is a bear lying in wait, a lion in secret places.
11He has turned aside my ways and pulled me in pieces; he has made me desolate.
12He has bent his bow and set me as a target for the arrows.
13He has shot the shafts of his quiver into my kidneys.
14I have become a laughingstock to all my people, and their song of ridicule all day long.
15He has filled me with bitterness, he has satiated me with wormwood.
16He has made my teeth grind on gravel, he has made me cower in ashes.
17My soul has been deprived of peace; I have forgotten what good is.
18I said, “My future has perished, and also what I hoped for from Yahweh.”
19Remember my affliction and my homelessness, the wormwood and gall.
20My soul remembers, yes, remembers them and is bent over within me.
21This I recall to my mind, therefore I have hope:
22because of Yahweh’s covenant faithfulness we have not ceased to be, because his mercies never come to an end.
23They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.
24“Yahweh is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore I will hope in him.”
25Yahweh is good to those who wait for him, to the soul who seeks him.
26It is good to hope and quietly wait for the salvation of Yahweh.
27It is good for a man that he carry the yoke in his youth.
28Let him sit alone and be silent because he has laid it on him.
29Let him put his mouth in the dust, perhaps there is still hope.
30Let him give his cheek to the one who strikes him; let him be filled with shame.
31For the Lord will not abandon forever.
32For though he cause grief, yet he will have mercy according to the vastness of his covenant faithfulness.
33For it is not God’sc heart to afflict people, or grieve the children of men.
34To crush underfoot all the prisoners of the land,
35to deny a man justice before the face of the Most High,
36to subvert a man in his lawsuit, does not the Lord see it?
37Who can speak and have it come to pass if the Lord has not commanded it?
38Does not bad and good come out of the mouth of the Most High?
39Why should a living man complain— any man—because of the consequences of his sins?
40Let us search out and examine our ways, and return to Yahweh.
41Let us lift up our hearts in addition to our hands to God in the heavens.
42We have transgressed and have rebelled; you have not forgiven.
43You have covered yourself with anger and pursued us; you have killed without mercy.
44You have covered yourself with a cloud so that no prayer can pass through.
45You have made us offscouring and garbage in the midst of the peoples.
46All our enemies have opened their mouths wide against us.
47Panic and the pit have come on us, devastation and destruction.
48My eye runs down with streams of water because of the destruction of the daughter of my people.
49My eyes flow down unceasingly, without stopping,
50until Yahweh looks down and sees from heaven.
51What my eyes see hurts my soul— all that has come upon the daughters of my city.
52For no reason, my enemies have hunted, yes, hunted me like a bird.
53They have confined me alive in the cistern and have thrown a stone over me.
54Water flowed upon my head; I said, “I am cut off.”
55I called on your name, O Yahweh, out of the depths of the cistern.
56You heard my voice. Do not hide your ear from my cry for relief.
57You drew near on the day that I called to you; you said, “Do not be afraid.”
58Lord, you have taken up my cause; you have redeemed my life.
59Yahweh, you have seen the wrong done to me. Judge my case.
60You have seen all their vengeance, all their plans against me.
61You have heard their reproach, Yahweh; all their plans against me,
62the lips of those that rose up against me and their plotting against me all day long.
63You see their sitting down and their rising up; I am the object of their mocking song.
64Give them back what they deserve, Yahweh, according to the work of their hands.
65Give them a tortured mind, as your curse to them.
66Pursue them in anger and destroy them from under Yahweh’s heaven.