Indeed, I am like one who gathers the summer fruits,
as gleanings of the vineyard;
there is no cluster of grapes to eat.
My soul desires to eat the early fig.
and there is no one upright among men.
They all lie in wait for blood;
every man hunts his brother with a net.
The ruler and judge ask for a bribe,
and the powerful man dictates the evil desire of his soul.
Thus they conspire together.
The most upright is worse than a thorn hedge.
The day of your watchmen,
even your visitation, has come;
now is the time of their confusion.
Do not put confidence in a friend.
With the woman lying in your embrace,
be careful of the words of your mouth!
the daughter rises up against her mother,
the daughter–in–law against her mother–in–law;
a man’s enemies are the men of his own house.
I will wait for the God of my salvation.
My God will hear me.
When I fall, I will arise.
When I sit in darkness,
Yahweh will be a light to me.
because I have sinned against him,
until he pleads my case
and executes judgment for me.
He will bring me forth to the light.
I will see his righteousness.
and shame will cover her who said to me,
“Where is Yahweh your God?”
Then my enemy will see me
and will cover her shame.
Now she will be trampled down
like the mire of the streets.
in that day, he will extend your boundary.
from Assyria and the cities of Egypt,
and from Egypt even to the River,
and from sea to sea,
and mountain to mountain.
because of those who dwell in it,
for the fruit of their doings.
the flock of your heritage
who dwell by themselves in a forest,
in the middle of fertile pastureland let them feed;
in Bashan and Gilead,
as in the days of old.
out of the land of Egypt,
I will show them marvelous things.”
of all their might.
They will lay their hand on their mouth.
Their ears will be deaf.
Like crawling things of the earth
they will come trembling out of their dens.
They will come with fear to Yahweh our God,
and will be afraid because of you.
who pardons iniquity and passes over the disobedience
of the remnant of his heritage?
He does not retain his anger forever,
because he delights in covenant faithfulness.
He will tread our iniquities under foot,
and you will cast all our sins
into the depths of the sea.
and mercy to Abraham,
as you have sworn to our fathers
from the days of old.