1 I am the man that has seen affliction
by the rod of his wrath.
2 He has led me and caused me to walk
in darkness and not in light.
3 Surely he turns his hand against me
again and again all the day.
4 My flesh and my skin has he made old;
he has broken my bones.
5 He has built against me and surrounded me
with gall and travail.
6 He has made me to live in dark places
like those that have been long dead.
7 He has built walls around me so that I cannot go out;
he has made my chain heavy.
8 Yes, when I cry out and call for help,
he shuts out my prayer.
9 He has walled up my ways with cut stone;
he has made my paths crooked.
10 He is to me as a bear lying in wait,
as a lion in secret places.
11 He has turned aside my ways and pulled me in pieces;
he has made me desolate.
12 He has bent his bow
and set me as a mark for the arrow.
13 He has caused the shafts of his quiver
to enter into my kidneys.
14 I am become a derision to all my people,
and their song all the day.
15 He has filled me with bitterness,
he has satiated me with wormwood.
16 He has also broken my teeth with gravel stones;
he has covered me with ashes.
17 You have removed my soul far off from peace;
I forgot prosperity.
18 I said, “My strength is perished,
and my expectation from Yahweh.”
19 Remember my affliction and my misery,
the wormwood and the gall.
20 My soul still remembers them
and is bowed down within me.
21 This I recall to my mind,
therefore have I hope:
22 it is because of Yahweh’s loving kindnesses
that we are not consumed,
because his compassion doesn’t fail.
23 They are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.
24 “Yahweh is my portion,” says my soul,
“therefore will I hope in him.”
25 Yahweh is good to those who wait for him,
to the soul that seeks him.
26 It is good that a man should hope and quietly wait
for the salvation of Yahweh.
27 It is good for a man
that he carry the yoke in his youth.
28 Let him sit alone and keep silence
because he has laid it on him.
29 Let him put his mouth in the dust,
if so be there may be hope.
30 Let him give his cheek to the one who strikes him;
let him be filled with reproach.
31 For the Lord
will not cast off forever.
32 For though he cause grief,
yet he will have compassion
according to the multitude of his loving kindnesses.
33 For he does not afflict willingly,
nor grieve the children of men.
34 To crush under foot
all the prisoners of the earth,
35 to turn aside the right of a man
before the face of the Most High,
36 to subvert a man in his cause,
the Lord doesn’t approve.
37 Who is he who says, and it comes to pass
when the Lord doesn’t command it?
38 Doesn’t evil and good
come out of the mouth of the Most High?
39 Why does a living man complain;
a strong man complain because of the punishment for his sins?
40 Let us search out and examine our ways,
and turn again to Yahweh.
41 Let us lift up our heart with our hands
to God in the heavens.
42 We have transgressed and have rebelled;
you have not pardoned.
43 You have covered yourself with anger and pursued us;
you have killed, you have not pitied.
44 You have covered yourself with a cloud
so that no prayer can pass through.
45 You have made us an off–scouring
and refuse in the midst of the peoples.
46 All our enemies
have opened their mouths wide against us.
47 Fear and the pit have come on us,
devastation and destruction.
48 My eye runs down with streams of water
because of the destruction of the daughter of my people.
49 My eyes pour down unceasingly
50 until Yahweh looks down
and sees from heaven.
51 My eye affects my soul
because of all the daughters of my city.
52 They have chased me relentlessly like a bird,
those who are my enemies without cause.
53 They have cut off my life in the dungeon
and have cast a stone on me.
54 Waters flowed over my head;
I said, “I am cut off.”
55 I called on your name, Yahweh,
out of the lowest dungeon.
56 You heard my voice;
do not hide your ear at my breathing, at my cry.
57 You drew near in the day that I called on you;
you said, “Do not be afraid.”
58 Lord, you have pleaded the causes of my soul;
you have redeemed my life.
59 Yahweh, you have seen my wrong.
Judge my cause.
60 You have seen all their vengeance
and all their devices against me.
61 You have heard their reproach, Yahweh,
and all their devices against me,
62 the lips of those that rose up against me
and their device against me all the day.
63 You see their sitting down and their rising up;
I am their song.
64 You will render to them a recompense, Yahweh,
according to the work of their hands.
65 You will give them hardness of heart,
your curse to them.
66 You will pursue them in anger and destroy them
from under the heavens of Yahweh.