O Lord, listen to my prayer and let my cry for help reach
Do not hide your face from me in the day of my distress. Turn your ear
towards me and answer me quickly when I call.
For my days are vanishing like smoke, my bones bum away like a
My heart is withered like the grass. I forget to eat my bread.
I cry with all my strength and my skin clings to my bones.
I have become like a pelican in the wilderness, like an owl in desolate
I lie awake and I moan like some lonely bird on a roof. All the day long
my foes revile me; those who hate me use my name as a curse.
The bread I eat is ashes; my drink is mingled with tears. In your anger,
Lord, and your fury you have lifted me up and thrown me down.
My days are like a passing shadow and I wither away like the
But you, O Lord, will endure for ever and your name from age to
You will arise and have mercy on Zion: for this is the time to have mercy;
yes, the time appointed has come,
for your servants love her very stones, are moved with pity even for her
The nations shall fear the name of the Lord and all the earth's kings your
when the Lord shall build up Zion again and appear in all his glory. Then
he will turn to the prayers of the helpless; he will not despise their prayers.
Let this be written for ages to come that a people yet unborn may praise
for the Lord leaned down from his sanctuary on high. He looked down from
heaven to the earth that he might hear the groans of the prisoners and free those condemned to
The sons of your servants shall dwell untroubled, and their race shall
endure before you that the name of the Lord may be proclaimed in Zion and his praise in the heart of
Jerusalem, when peoples and kingdoms are gathered together to pay their homage to the Lord.
He has broken my strength in mid-course; he has shortened the days of my
I say to God: "Do not take me away before my days are complete, you, whose
days last from age to age.
Long ago you founded the earth, and the heavens are the work of your
They will perish but you will remain. They will all wear out like a
garment. You will change them like clothes that are changed. But you neither change, nor have an
The children of Thy servants shall dwell secure; their posterity shall be
established before Thee.