Like a twittering swallow or a crane, so do I chirp and chatter; I moan like a dove. My eyes are weary and dim with looking upward. O Lord, I am oppressed; take my side and be my security [as of a debtor being sent to prison].
I ·cried [twitter; chatter] like a ·bird [L swallow or a crane] and moaned like a dove. My eyes ·became tired as I looked [grew weary from looking] to the ·heavens [heights]. Lord, I ·have troubles [am oppressed]. ·Please help me [Be my security].”
This is what Hezekiah king of Judah wrote after he’d been sick and then recovered from his sickness: In the very prime of life I have to leave. Whatever time I have left is spent in death’s waiting room. No more glimpses of God in the land of the living, No more meetings with my neighbors, no more rubbing shoulders with friends. This body I inhabit is taken down and packed away like a camper’s tent. Like a weaver, I’ve rolled up the carpet of my life as God cuts me free of the loom And at day’s end sweeps up the scraps and pieces. I cry for help until morning. Like a lion, God pummels and pounds me, relentlessly finishing me off. I squawk like a doomed hen, moan like a dove. My eyes ache from looking up for help: “Master, I’m in trouble! Get me out of this!” But what’s the use? God himself gave me the word. He’s done it to me. I can’t sleep— I’m that upset, that troubled.
Oh, how I argue and mourn for my passing life! Like a swallow or a crane I twitter; like a lonesome dove I moan. My eyes become bleary from looking up to the heavens for help. I cry, “O Lord, way up high, I am oppressed; come and help me!”
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