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ALEF

1I am the man that has seen affliction by the rod of his wrath.
  2He has led me and caused me to walk in darkness and not in light.
  3Surely he turns his hand against me again and again all the day.
 

BET

4My flesh and my skin has he made old; he has broken my bones.
  5He has built against me and surrounded me with gall and travail.
  6He has made me to live in dark places like those that have been long dead.
 

GIMEL

7He has built walls around me so that I cannot go out; he has made my chain heavy.
  8Yes, when I cry out and call for help, he shuts out my prayer.
  9He has walled up my ways with cut stone; he has made my paths crooked.
 

DALETH

10He is to me as a bear lying in wait, as 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 mark for the arrow.
 

HE

13He has caused the shafts of his quiver to enter into my kidneys.
  14I am become a derision to all my people, and their song all the day.
  15He has filled me with bitterness, he has satiated me with wormwood.
 

VAV

16He has also broken my teeth with gravel stones; he has covered me with ashes.
  17You have removed my soul far off from peace; I forgot prosperity.
  18I said, “My strength is perished, and my expectation from Yahweh.”
 

ZAYIN

19Remember my affliction and my misery, the wormwood and the gall.
  20My soul still remembers them and is bowed down within me.
  21This I recall to my mind, therefore have I hope:
 

KHET

22it is because of Yahweh’s loving kindnesses that we are not consumed, because his compassion doesn’t fail.
  23They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.
  24“Yahweh is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore I will hope in him.”
 

TET

25Yahweh is good to those who wait for him, to the soul that seeks him.
  26It is good that a man should hope and quietly wait for the salvation of Yahweh.
  27It is good for a man that he carry the yoke in his youth.
 

YOD

28Let him sit alone and keep silence because he has laid it on him.
  29Let him put his mouth in the dust, if so be there may be hope.
  30Let him give his cheek to the one who strikes him; let him be filled with reproach.
 

KAF

31For the Lord will not cast off forever.
  32For though he cause grief, yet he will have compassion according to the multitude of his loving kindnesses.
  33For he does not afflict willingly, nor grieve the children of men.
 

LAMED

34To crush under foot all the prisoners of the earth,
  35to turn aside the right of a man before the face of the Most High,
  36to subvert a man in his cause, the Lord doesn’t approve.
 

MEM

37Who is he who says, and it comes to pass when the Lord doesn’t command it?
  38Doesn’t evil and good come out of the mouth of the Most High?
  39Why does a living man complain; a strong man complain because of the punishment for his sins?
 

NUN

40Let us search out and examine our ways, and turn again to Yahweh.
  41Let us lift up our heart with our hands to God in the heavens.
  42We have transgressed and have rebelled; you have not pardoned.
 

SAMEK

43You have covered yourself with anger and pursued us; you have killed, you have not pitied.
  44You have covered yourself with a cloud so that no prayer can pass through.
  45You have made us an off–scouring and refuse in the midst of the peoples.
 

PE

46All our enemies have opened their mouths wide against us.
  47Fear 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.
 

AYIN

49My eyes pour down unceasingly without stopping,
  50until Yahweh looks down and sees from heaven.
  51My eye affects my soul because of all the daughters of my city.
 

TSADE

52They have chased me relentlessly like a bird, those who are my enemies without cause.
  53They have cut off my life in the dungeon and have cast a stone on me.
  54Waters flowed over my head; I said, “I am cut off.”
 

QOF

55I called on your name, Yahweh, out of the lowest dungeon.
  56You heard my voice; do not hide your ear at my breathing, at my cry.
  57You drew near in the day that I called on you; you said, “Do not be afraid.”
 

RESH

58Lord, you have pleaded the causes of my soul; you have redeemed my life.
  59Yahweh, you have seen my wrong. Judge my cause.
  60You have seen all their vengeance and all their devices against me.
 

SHIN

61You have heard their reproach, Yahweh, and all their devices against me,
  62the lips of those that rose up against me and their device against me all the day.
  63You see their sitting down and their rising up; I am their song.
 

TAV

64You will render to them a recompense, Yahweh, according to the work of their hands.
  65You will give them hardness of heart, your curse to them.
  66You will pursue them in anger and destroy them from under the heavens of Yahweh.
 


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