Psalm 102

Do Not Hide Your Face from Me

A Prayer of one afflicted, when he is faint and pours out his complaint before the Lord.

z Hear my prayer, O Lord;
let my cry a come to you!
2 b Do not hide your face from me
in c the day of my distress!
d Incline your ear to me;
e answer me speedily f in the day when I call!

3 For my days g pass away like smoke,
and my h bones burn like a furnace.
4 My heart is i struck down like grass and j has withered;
I k forget to eat my bread.
5 Because of my loud groaning
my l bones cling to my flesh.
6 I am like m a desert owl of the wilderness,
like an owl 1 of the waste places;
7 I n lie awake;
I am like a lonely sparrow on the housetop.
8 All the day my enemies taunt me;
those who o deride me p use my name for a curse.
9 For I eat ashes like bread
and q mingle tears with my drink,
10 because of your indignation and anger;
for you have r taken me up and s thrown me down.
11 My days are like t an evening shadow;
I j wither away like grass.

12 But you, O Lord, are u enthroned forever;
you v are remembered throughout all generations.
13 You will w arise and have x pity on Zion;
it is the time to favor her;
y the appointed time has come.
14 For your servants hold her z stones dear
and have pity on her dust.
15 Nations will a fear the name of the Lord,
and all b the kings of the earth will fear your glory.
16 For the Lord c builds up Zion;
he d appears in his glory;
17 he e regards the prayer of the destitute
and does not despise their prayer.

18 Let this be f recorded for g a generation to come,
so that h a people yet to be created may praise the Lord:
19 that he i looked down from his holy height;
from heaven the Lord looked at the earth,
20 to hear j the groans of the prisoners,
to set free k those who were doomed to die,
21 that they may l declare in Zion the name of the Lord,
and in Jerusalem his praise,
22 when m peoples gather together,
and kingdoms, to worship the Lord.

23 He has broken my strength in midcourse;
he n has shortened my days.
24 "O my God," o I say, "take me not away
in the midst of my days -
p you whose years endure
throughout all generations!"

25 q Of old you laid the foundation of the earth,
and r the heavens are the work of your hands.
26 s They will perish, but t you will remain;
they will all wear out like a garment.
You will change them like a robe, and they will pass away,
27 but u you are the same, and your years have no end.
28 v The children of your servants w shall dwell secure;
x their offspring shall be established before you.

  1. Cross References
    Psalms 61:2
    From the end of the earth I call to you when my heart is faint. Lead me to the rock that is higher than I.
  2. Cross References
    Psalms 142:2
    I pour out my complaint before him; I tell my trouble before him.
  3. Cross References
    Psalms 39:12
    Hear my prayer, O Lord, and give ear to my cry; hold not your peace at my tears! For I am a sojourner with you, a guest, like all my fathers.
  4. Cross References
    Psalms 18:6
    In my distress I called upon the Lord ; to my God I cried for help. From his temple he heard my voice, and my cry to him reached his ears.
    Exodus 2:23
    During those many days the king of Egypt died, and the people of Israel groaned because of their slavery and cried out for help. Their cry for rescue from slavery came up to God.
    1 Samuel 9:16
    "Tomorrow about this time I will send to you a man from the land of Benjamin, and you shall anoint him to be prince over my people Israel. He shall save my people from the hand of the Philistines. For I have seen my people, because their cry has come to me."
  5. Cross References
    Psalms 27:9
    Hide not your face from me. Turn not your servant away in anger, O you who have been my help. Cast me not off; forsake me not, O God of my salvation!
  6. Cross References
    Psalms 18:6
    In my distress I called upon the Lord ; to my God I cried for help. From his temple he heard my voice, and my cry to him reached his ears.
  7. Cross References
    Psalms 31:2
    Incline your ear to me; rescue me speedily! Be a rock of refuge for me, a strong fortress to save me!
  8. Cross References
    Psalms 69:17
    Hide not your face from your servant; for I am in distress; make haste to answer me.
  9. Cross References
    Psalms 56:9
    Then my enemies will turn back in the day when I call. This I know, that God is for me.
  10. Cross References
    James 4:14
    Yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes.
    Psalms 37:20
    But the wicked will perish; the enemies of the Lord are like the glory of the pastures; they vanish - like smoke they vanish away.
  11. Cross References
    Job 30:30
    My skin turns black and falls from me, and my bones burn with heat.
    Lamentations 1:13
    From on high he sent fire; into my bones he made it descend; he spread a net for my feet; he turned me back; he has left me stunned, faint all the day long.
    Psalms 31:10
    For my life is spent with sorrow, and my years with sighing; my strength fails because of my iniquity, and my bones waste away.
  12. Cross References
    Psalms 121:6
    The sun shall not strike you by day, nor the moon by night.
  13. Cross References
    Psalms 37:2
    For they will soon fade like the grass and wither like the green herb.
    Isaiah 40:7
    The grass withers, the flower fades when the breath of the Lord blows on it; surely the people are grass.
    James 1:10 - 11
    And the rich in his humiliation, because like a flower of the grass he will pass away.
  14. Cross References
    1 Samuel 1:7
    So it went on year by year. As often as she went up to the house of the Lord, she used to provoke her. Therefore Hannah wept and would not eat.
    2 Samuel 12:17
    And the elders of his house stood beside him, to raise him from the ground, but he would not, nor did he eat food with them.
    1 Kings 21:4
    And Ahab went into his house vexed and sullen because of what Naboth the Jezreelite had said to him, for he had said, "I will not give you the inheritance of my fathers." And he lay down on his bed and turned away his face and would eat no food.
    Job 33:20
    So that his life loathes bread, and his appetite the choicest food.
  15. Cross References
    Job 19:20
    My bones stick to my skin and to my flesh, and I have escaped by the skin of my teeth.
  16. Cross References
    Isaiah 34:11
    But the hawk and the porcupine shall possess it, the owl and the raven shall dwell in it. He shall stretch the line of confusion over it, and the plumb line of emptiness.
    Zephaniah 2:14
    Herds shall lie down in her midst, all kinds of beasts; even the owl and the hedgehog shall lodge in her capitals; a voice shall hoot in the window; devastation will be on the threshold; for her cedar work will be laid bare.
    Job 30:29
    I am a brother of jackals and a companion of ostriches.
  17. Cross References
    Psalms 77:4
    You hold my eyelids open; I am so troubled that I cannot speak.
  18. Cross References
    Acts 26:11
    And I punished them often in all the synagogues and tried to make them blaspheme, and in raging fury against them I persecuted them even to foreign cities.
  19. Cross References
    Isaiah 65:15
    You shall leave your name to my chosen for a curse, and the Lord God will put you to death, but his servants he will call by another name.
    Jeremiah 29:22
    Because of them this curse shall be used by all the exiles from Judah in Babylon: "The Lord make you like Zedekiah and Ahab, whom the king of Babylon roasted in the fire.
  20. Cross References
    Psalms 42:3
    My tears have been my food day and night, while they say to me all the day long, "Where is your God?
  21. Cross References
    Ezekiel 3:12
    Then the Spirit lifted me up, and I heard behind me the voice of a great earthquake: "Blessed be the glory of the Lord from its place!
    Ezekiel 3:14
    The Spirit lifted me up and took me away, and I went in bitterness in the heat of my spirit, the hand of the Lord being strong upon me.
  22. Cross References
    Psalms 51:11
    Cast me not away from your presence, and take not your Holy Spirit from me.
  23. Cross References
    Psalms 109:23
    I am gone like a shadow at evening; I am shaken off like a locust.
    Psalms 144:4
    Man is like a breath; his days are like a passing shadow.
    Job 8:9
    For we are but of yesterday and know nothing, for our days on earth are a shadow.
  24. Cross References
    Psalms 102:4
    My heart is struck down like grass and has withered; I forget to eat my bread.
  25. Cross References
    Psalms 102:26
    They will perish, but you will remain; they will all wear out like a garment. You will change them like a robe, and they will pass away.
    Psalms 9:7
    But the Lord sits enthroned forever; he has established his throne for justice.
  26. Cross References
    Psalms 135:13
    Your name, O Lord, endures forever, your renown, O Lord, throughout all ages.
    Exodus 3:15
    God also said to Moses, "Say this to the people of Israel, 'The Lord, the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has sent me to you.' This is my name forever, and thus I am to be remembered throughout all generations.
  27. Cross References
    Psalms 68:1
    God shall arise, his enemies shall be scattered; and those who hate him shall flee before him!
  28. Cross References
    Isaiah 60:10
    Foreigners shall build up your walls, and their kings shall minister to you; for in my wrath I struck you, but in my favor I have had mercy on you.
    Zechariah 1:12
    Then the angel of the Lord said, 'O Lord of hosts, how long will you have no mercy on Jerusalem and the cities of Judah, against which you have been angry these seventy years?
  29. Cross References
    Psalms 75:2
    At the set time that I appoint I will judge with equity.
    Jeremiah 29:10
    For thus says the Lord : When seventy years are completed for Babylon, I will visit you, and I will fulfill to you my promise and bring you back to this place.
    Daniel 9:2
    In the first year of his reign, I, Daniel, perceived in the books the number of years that, according to the word of the Lord to Jeremiah the prophet, must pass before the end of the desolations of Jerusalem, namely, seventy years.
    Isaiah 40:2
    Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, and cry to her that her warfare is ended, that her iniquity is pardoned, that she has received from the Lord 's hand double for all her sins.
  30. Cross References
    Nehemiah 4:2
    And he said in the presence of his brothers and of the army of Samaria, "What are these feeble Jews doing? Will they restore it for themselves? Will they sacrifice? Will they finish up in a day? Will they revive the stones out of the heaps of rubbish, and burned ones at that?
    Lamentations 4:1
    How the gold has grown dim, how the pure gold is changed! The holy stones lie scattered at the head of every street.
  31. Cross References
    1 Kings 8:43
    Hear in heaven your dwelling place and do according to all for which the foreigner calls to you, in order that all the peoples of the earth may know your name and fear you, as do your people Israel, and that they may know that this house that I have built is called by your name.
    Isaiah 59:19
    So they shall fear the name of the Lord from the west, and his glory from the rising of the sun; for he will come like a rushing stream, which the wind of the Lord drives.
  32. Cross References
    Psalms 138:4
    All the kings of the earth shall give you thanks, O Lord, for they have heard the words of your mouth.
    Isaiah 60:3
    And nations shall come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your rising.
  33. Cross References
    Psalms 147:2
    The Lord builds up Jerusalem; he gathers the outcasts of Israel.
  34. Cross References
    Isaiah 60:1 - 2
    Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you.
  35. Cross References
    Nehemiah 1:6
    Let your ear be attentive and your eyes open, to hear the prayer of your servant that I now pray before you day and night for the people of Israel your servants, confessing the sins of the people of Israel, which we have sinned against you. Even I and my father's house have sinned.
    Nehemiah 1:11
    O Lord, let your ear be attentive to the prayer of your servant, and to the prayer of your servants who delight to fear your name, and give success to your servant today, and grant him mercy in the sight of this man." Now I was cupbearer to the king.
  36. Cross References
    Deuteronomy 31:19
    Now therefore write this song and teach it to the people of Israel. Put it in their mouths, that this song may be a witness for me against the people of Israel.
    Romans 15:4
    For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.
    1 Corinthians 10:1
    For I want you to know, brothers, that our fathers were all under the cloud, and all passed through the sea.
  37. Cross References
    Psalms 48:13
    Consider well her ramparts, go through her citadels, that you may tell the next generation
    Psalms 78:4
    We will not hide them from their children, but tell to the coming generation the glorious deeds of the Lord, and his might, and the wonders that he has done.
    Psalms 78:6
    That the next generation might know them, the children yet unborn, and arise and tell them to their children.
  38. Cross References
    Psalms 22:31
    They shall come and proclaim his righteousness to a people yet unborn, that he has done it.
    Isaiah 43:21
    The people whom I formed for myself that they might declare my praise.
  39. Cross References
    Psalms 11:4
    The Lord is in his holy temple; the Lord 's throne is in heaven; his eyes see, his eyelids test the children of man.
  40. Cross References
    Psalms 79:11
    Let the groans of the prisoners come before you; according to your great power, preserve those doomed to die!
  41. Cross References
    Psalms 79:11
    Let the groans of the prisoners come before you; according to your great power, preserve those doomed to die!
  42. Cross References
    Psalms 22:22
    I will tell of your name to my brothers; in the midst of the congregation I will praise you:
  43. Cross References
    Isaiah 45:14
    Thus says the Lord : "The wealth of Egypt and the merchandise of Cush, and the Sabeans, men of stature, shall come over to you and be yours; they shall follow you; they shall come over in chains and bow down to you. They will plead with you, saying: 'Surely God is in you, and there is no other, no god besides him.'
    Psalms 22:27
    All the ends of the earth shall remember and turn to the Lord, and all the families of the nations shall worship before you.
  44. Cross References
    Psalms 89:45
    You have cut short the days of his youth; you have covered him with shame. Selah
  45. Cross References
    Isaiah 38:10
    I said, In the middle of my days I must depart; I am consigned to the gates of Sheol for the rest of my years.
  46. Cross References
    Psalms 90:2
    Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever you had formed the earth and the world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God.
    Job 36:26
    Behold, God is great, and we know him not; the number of his years is unsearchable.
    Habakkuk 1:12
    Are you not from everlasting, O Lord my God, my Holy One? We shall not die. O Lord, you have ordained them as a judgment, and you, O Rock, have established them for reproof.
  47. Cross References
    Genesis 1:1
    In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.
    Genesis 2:1
    Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them.
    Hebrews 1:10
    And, "You, Lord, laid the foundation of the earth in the beginning, and the heavens are the work of your hands.
  48. Cross References
    Psalms 96:5
    For all the gods of the peoples are worthless idols, but the Lord made the heavens.
  49. Cross References
    Isaiah 34:4
    All the host of heaven shall rot away, and the ...
    Isaiah 51:6
    Lift up your eyes to the heavens, and look at t...
    Matthew 24:35
    Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words w...
    2 Peter 3:7
    But by the same word the heavens and earth that...
    2 Peter 3:10
    But the day of the Lord will come like a thief,...
    2 Peter 3:12
    Waiting for and hastening the coming of the day...
    Revelation 20:11
    Then I saw a great white throne and him who was...
    Revelation 21:1
    Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for th...
    Hebrews 1:11 - 12
    They will perish, but you remain; they will all...
  50. Cross References
    Psalms 102:12
    But you, O Lord, are enthroned forever; you are remembered throughout all generations.
  51. Cross References
    Isaiah 41:4
    Who has performed and done this, calling the generations from the beginning? I, the Lord, the first, and with the last; I am he.
    Isaiah 48:12
    Listen to me, O Jacob, and Israel, whom I called! I am he; I am the first, and I am the last.
    Malachi 3:6
    For I the Lord do not change; therefore you, O children of Jacob, are not consumed.
    Hebrews 13:8
    Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.
    James 1:17
    Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.
  52. Cross References
    Psalms 69:36
    The offspring of his servants shall inherit it, and those who love his name shall dwell in it.
  53. Cross References
    Psalms 37:29
    The righteous shall inherit the land and dwell upon it forever.
  54. Cross References
    Psalms 112:2
    His offspring will be mighty in the land; the generation of the upright will be blessed.
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