A prayer of a person who is suffering when he is ·discouraged [faint; disturbed] and ·tells the Lord his complaints [L pours out his concerns before the Lord].
102 Lord, listen to my prayer; let my cry for help come to you. 2 Do not hide your ·presence [L face] from me in my time of ·trouble [distress]. ·Pay attention [L Extend your ear] to me. ·When I cry for help [L On the day I call], answer me quickly.
3 My ·life [L days] is ·passing away [vanishing] like smoke, and my bones are burned up ·with fire [L like a furnace/oven/or glowing embers]. 4 My heart is like grass that has been ·cut [stricken] and dried. I forget to eat my ·food [or bread]. 5 Because of ·my grief [L the sounds of my groans], my ·skin hangs on my bones [L bones cling to my flesh]. 6 I am like a ·desert [wilderness] owl, like an owl living among the ·ruins [wastelands; Is. 34:10–15; Zeph. 2:13–15]. 7 I ·lie awake [or keep watch]. I am like a lonely bird on a ·housetop [roof]. 8 All day long enemies ·insult [scorn; reproach] me; those who ·make fun of [mock] me use my name as a curse. 9 I eat ashes for ·food [or bread], and my tears ·fall into [mingle with] my drinks. 10 Because of your ·great anger [L wrath and indignation], you have picked me up and thrown me away. 11 My days are like a passing shadow; I am like dried grass.
12 But, Lord, you ·rule [L are enthroned] forever, and your ·fame [memory] ·goes on and on [L throughout the generations]. 13 You will ·come [L rise up] and have ·mercy [compassion] on ·Jerusalem [L Zion; C the location of the Temple], because the time has now come to be ·kind [gracious] to her; the ·right [appointed] time has come. 14 Your servants ·love even [are pleased/delighted with] her stones; they even ·care about [L have pity/compassion for] her dust. 15 Nations will fear the name of the Lord, and all the kings on earth ·will honor you [L your glory; C God’s manifest presence]. 16 The Lord will rebuild ·Jerusalem [L Zion; C the location of the Temple]; there his glory [C manifest presence] will be seen. 17 He will answer the prayers of the ·needy [lowly; L naked]; he will not ·reject [despise] their prayers.
18 Write these things for ·the future [L a future generation] so that people who are not yet ·born [created] will praise the Lord. 19 The Lord looked down from his holy place above; from heaven he ·looked [gazed] down at the earth. 20 He heard the ·moans [groans] of the prisoners, and he ·freed [released] those sentenced to die. 21 The name of the Lord will be ·heard [recounted] in ·Jerusalem [L Zion; C the location of the Temple]; his praise ·will be heard there [L in Jerusalem]. 22 People will ·come [gather] together, and kingdoms will serve the Lord.
23 ·God has made me tired of living [He broke my strength in midcourse/L the way]; he has cut short my ·life [L days]. 24 So I said, “My God, do not take me in the middle of my ·life [L days]. Your years ·go on and on [endure for generations]. 25 In the beginning you ·made [founded] the earth, and ·your hands made the skies [L the heavens are the work of your hands; Gen. 1]. 26 They will be destroyed, but you will ·remain [endure]. They will all wear out like ·clothes [garments]. And, like clothes, you will change them and throw them away. 27 But you ·never change [are the same/L he], and your ·life [L years] will never end. 28 ·Our children [L The children of your servants] will live in your presence, and their ·children [offspring; L seed] will remain with you.”
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