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 1 Misery is mine!

 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.


 2 The godly man has perished out of the earth,

 and there is no one upright among men.

 They all lie in wait for blood;

 every man hunts his brother with a net.


 3 Their hands are on what is evil to do it diligently.

 The ruler and judge ask for a bribe,

 and the powerful man dictates the evil desire of his soul.

 Thus they conspire together.


 4 The best of them is like a brier.

 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.


 5 Do not trust in a neighbor.

 Do not put confidence in a friend.

 With the woman lying in your embrace,

 be careful of the words of your mouth!


 6 For the son dishonors the father,

 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.


 7 But as for me, I will look to Yahweh.

 I will wait for the God of my salvation.

 My God will hear me.


Do not rejoice against me, my enemy.

 When I fall, I will arise.

 When I sit in darkness,

 Yahweh will be a light to me.


 9 I will bear the indignation of Yahweh

 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.


 10 Then my enemy will see it,

 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.


A day to build your walls–

 in that day, he will extend your boundary.


 12 In that day they will come to you

 from Assyria and the cities of Egypt,

 and from Egypt even to the River,

 and from sea to sea,

 and mountain to mountain.


 13 Yet the land will be desolate

 because of those who dwell in it,

 for the fruit of their doings.


Shepherd your people with your staff,

 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.


“As in the days of your coming forth

 out of the land of Egypt,

 I will show them marvelous things.”


 16 The nations will see and be ashamed

 of all their might.

 They will lay their hand on their mouth.

 Their ears will be deaf.


 17 They will lick the dust like a serpent.

 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 is a God like 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.


 19 He will again have compassion on us.

 He will tread our iniquities under foot,

 and you will cast all our sins

 into the depths of the sea.


 20 You will give truth to Jacob

 and mercy to Abraham,

 as you have sworn to our fathers

 from the days of old.


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