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Psalm 102


Prayer of an Afflicted Man for Mercy on Himself and on Zion.

A Prayer of the Afflicted when he is faint and pours out his complaint before the LORD.

Psalm 102:1   Hear my prayer, O LORD! And let my cry for help come to You.
Psalm 102:2   Do not hide Your face from me in the day of my distress; Incline Your ear to me; In the day when I call answer me quickly.
Psalm 102:3   For my days have been consumed in smoke, And my bones have been scorched like a hearth.
Psalm 102:4   My heart has been smitten like grass and has withered away, Indeed, I forget to eat my bread.
Psalm 102:5   Because of the loudness of my groaning My bones cling to my flesh.
Psalm 102:6   I resemble a pelican of the wilderness; I have become like an owl of the waste places.
Psalm 102:7   I lie awake, I have become like a lonely bird on a housetop.
Psalm 102:8   My enemies have reproached me all day long; Those who deride me have used my name as a curse.
Psalm 102:9   For I have eaten ashes like bread And mingled my drink with weeping
Psalm 102:10   Because of Your indignation and Your wrath, For You have lifted me up and cast me away.
Psalm 102:11   My days are like a lengthened shadow, And I wither away like grass.
Psalm 102:12   But You, O LORD, abide forever, And Your name to all generations.
Psalm 102:13   You will arise and have compassion on Zion; For it is time to be gracious to her, For the appointed time has come.
Psalm 102:14   Surely Your servants find pleasure in her stones And feel pity for her dust.
Psalm 102:15   So the nations will fear the name of the LORD And all the kings of the earth Your glory.
Psalm 102:16   For the LORD has built up Zion; He has appeared in His glory.
Psalm 102:17   He has regarded the prayer of the destitute And has not despised their prayer.
Psalm 102:18   This will be written for the generation to come, That a people yet to be created may praise the LORD.
Psalm 102:19   For He looked down from His holy height; From heaven the LORD gazed upon the earth,
Psalm 102:20   To hear the groaning of the prisoner, To set free those who were doomed to death,
Psalm 102:21   That men may tell of the name of the LORD in Zion And His praise in Jerusalem,
Psalm 102:22   When the peoples are gathered together, And the kingdoms, to serve the LORD.
Psalm 102:23   He has weakened my strength in the way; He has shortened my days.
Psalm 102:24   I say, "O my God, do not take me away in the midst of my days, Your years are throughout all generations.
Psalm 102:25   "Of old You founded the earth, And the heavens are the work of Your hands.
Psalm 102:26   "Even they will perish, but You endure; And all of them will wear out like a garment; Like clothing You will change them and they will be changed.
Psalm 102:27   "But You are the same, And Your years will not come to an end.
Psalm 102:28   "The children of Your servants will continue, And their descendants will be established before You."
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