How Long, O Lord?
To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David.
v How long, O Lord? Will you w forget me forever?
How long will you x hide your face from me?
How long must I take y counsel in my soul
and have sorrow in my heart all the day?
How long shall my enemy be exalted over me?
z Consider and answer me, O Lord my God;
a light up my eyes, lest b I sleep the sleep of death,
c lest my enemy say, "I have prevailed over him,"
lest my foes rejoice because I am d shaken.
But I have e trusted in your steadfast love;
my heart shall f rejoice in your salvation.
I will sing to the Lord,
because he has dealt bountifully with me.
English Standard Version (ESV) The Holy Bible, English Standard Version Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers.
How long, O Lord ? Will you be angry forever? Will your jealousy burn like fire?
How long, O Lord ? Will you hide yourself forever? How long will your wrath burn like fire?
They cried out with a loud voice, "O Sovereign Lord, holy and true, how long before you will judge and avenge our blood on those who dwell on the earth?
Arise, O Lord ; O God, lift up your hand; forget not the afflicted.
Why do you hide your face? Why do you forget our affliction and oppression?
Do not deliver the soul of your dove to the wild beasts; do not forget the life of your poor forever.
Do not forget the clamor of your foes, the uproar of those who rise against you, which goes up continually!
Why do you forget us forever, why do you forsake us for so many days?
Why do you hide your face and count me as your enemy?
I said, "Let me remember my song in the night; let me meditate in my heart." Then my spirit made a diligent search:
Give ear to my words, O Lord ; consider my groaning.
Look on my affliction and deliver me, for I do not forget your law.
The precepts of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes.
But now for a brief moment favor has been shown by the Lord our God, to leave us a remnant and to give us a secure hold within his holy place, that our God may brighten our eyes and grant us a little reviving in our slavery.
The poor man and the oppressor meet together; the Lord gives light to the eyes of both.
Having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints.
1 Samuel 14:27
But Jonathan had not heard his father charge the people with the oath, so he put out the tip of the staff that was in his hand and dipped it in the honeycomb and put his hand to his mouth, and his eyes became bright.
While they are inflamed I will prepare them a feast and make them drunk, that they may become merry, then sleep a perpetual sleep and not wake, declares the Lord.
Had I not feared provocation by the enemy, lest their adversaries should misunderstand, lest they should say, "Our hand is triumphant, it was not the Lord who did all this."
He says in his heart, "I shall not be moved; throughout all generations I shall not meet adversity.
In the Lord I take refuge; how can you say to my soul, "Flee like a bird to your mountain.
That I may recount all your praises, that in the gates of the daughter of Zion I may rejoice in your salvation.