k I am the man who has seen affliction
under the l rod of his wrath;
2 he has driven and brought me
m into darkness without any light;
3 surely against me he turns his hand
again and again the whole day long.
He has made my flesh and my skin waste away;
n he has broken my bones;
5 o he has besieged and enveloped me
with p bitterness and tribulation;
6 q he has made me dwell in darkness
like the dead of long ago.
r He has walled me about so that s I cannot escape;
he has made my chains heavy;
8 though t I call and cry for help,
he shuts out my prayer;
9 r he has blocked my ways with blocks of stones;
he has made my paths crooked.
u He is a bear lying in wait for me,
a lion in hiding;
11 v he turned aside my steps and u tore me to pieces;
w he has made me desolate;
12 x he bent his bow y and set me
as a target for his arrow.
He drove into my kidneys
z the arrows of his quiver;
14 a I have become the laughingstock of all peoples,
b the object of their taunts all day long.
15 c He has filled me with bitterness;
he has sated me with d wormwood.
e He has made my teeth grind on gravel,
and f made me cower in ashes;
17 my soul is bereft of peace;
I have forgotten what happiness 1 is;
18 g so I say, "My endurance has perished;
so has my hope from the Lord."
h Remember my affliction and my wanderings,
d the wormwood and i the gall!
20 My soul continually remembers it
j and is bowed down within me.
21 But this I call to mind,
and k therefore I have hope:
l The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; 2
l his mercies never come to an end;
23 they are new m every morning;
n great is your faithfulness.
24 o "The Lord is my portion," says my soul,
k "therefore I will hope in him."
The Lord is good to those who p wait for him,
to the soul who seeks him.
26 q It is good that one should wait quietly
for the salvation of the Lord.
27 r It is good for a man that he bear
the yoke s in his youth.
Let him t sit alone in silence
when it is laid on him;
29 u let him put his mouth in the dust -
there may yet be hope;
30 v let him give his cheek to the one who strikes,
and let him be filled with insults.
w For the Lord will not
cast off forever,
32 but, though he x cause grief, y he will have compassion
z according to the abundance of his steadfast love;
33 a for he does not willingly afflict
or b grieve the children of men.
To crush underfoot
all c the prisoners of the earth,
35 d to deny a man justice
in the presence of the Most High,
36 to subvert a man in his lawsuit,
d the Lord does not approve.
e Who has spoken and it came to pass,
unless the Lord has commanded it?
38 f Is it not from the mouth of the Most High
that good and bad come?
39 g Why should a living man complain,
a man, about the punishment of his sins?
Let us test and examine our ways,
h and return to the Lord!
41 i Let us lift up our hearts and hands
to God in heaven:
42 j "We have transgressed and k rebelled,
and you have not forgiven.
"You have wrapped yourself with anger and pursued us,
l killing without pity;
44 m you have wrapped yourself with a cloud
so that no prayer can pass through.
45 n You have made us scum and garbage
among the peoples.
o "All our enemies
open their mouths against us;
47 p panic and pitfall have come upon us,
devastation and q destruction;
48 r my eyes flow with rivers of tears
because of the destruction of the daughter of my people.
r "My eyes will flow without ceasing,
50 s until the Lord from heaven
looks down and sees;
51 my eyes cause me grief
at the fate of all the daughters of my city.
t "I have been hunted u like a bird
by those who were my enemies v without cause;
53 w they flung me alive into the pit
x and cast stones on me;
54 y water closed over my head;
I said, z 'I am lost.'
a "I called on your name, O Lord,
from the depths of the pit;
56 b you heard my plea, 'Do not close
your ear to my cry for help!'
57 c You came near when I called on you;
you said, d 'Do not fear!'
"You have e taken up my cause, f O Lord;
you have e redeemed my life.
59 You have seen the wrong done to me, g O Lord;
judge my cause.
60 You have seen all their vengeance,
all h their plots against me.
i "You have heard their taunts, O Lord,
all h their plots against me.
62 The lips and thoughts j of my assailants
are against me all the day long.
63 k Behold their sitting and their rising;
l I am the object of their taunts.
m "You will repay them, 3 O Lord,
n according to the work of their hands.
65 You will give them 4 dullness of heart;
your curse will be 5 on them.
66 You will pursue them 6 in anger and o destroy them
from under p your heavens, O Lord." 7