Hear my prayer, O Lord *
and let my crying come unto thee.
Hide not thy face from me in the time of my trouble *
incline thine ear unto me when I call; O hear me, and that right soon.
For my days are consumed away like smoke *
and my bones are burnt up as it were a firebrand.
My heart is smitten down, and withered liked grass *
so that I forget to eat my bread.
For the voice of my groaning *
my bones will scarce cleave to my flesh.
I am become like a pelican in the wilderness *
and like an owl that is in the desert.
I have watched, and am even as it were a sparrow *
that sitteth alone upon the house-top.
Mine enemies revile me all the day long *
and they that are mad upon me are sworn together against me.
For I have eaten ashes as it were bread *
and mingled my drink with weeping;
And that because of thine indignation and wrath *
for thou hast taken me up, and cast me down.
My days are gone like a shadow *
and I am withered like grass.
But thou, O Lord, shalt endure for ever *
and thy remembrance throughout all generations.
Thou shalt arise, and have mercy upon Sion *
for it is time that thou have mercy upon her, yea, the time is come.
And why? thy servants think upon her stones *
and it pitieth them to see her in the dust.
The heathen shall fear thy Name, O Lord *
and all the kings of the earth thy majesty;
When the Lord shall build up Sion *
and when his glory shall appear;
When he turneth him unto the prayer of the poor destitute *
and despiseth not their desire.
This shall be written for those that come after *
and the people which shall be born shall praise the Lord.
For he hath looked down from his sanctuary *
out of the heaven did the Lord behold the earth;
That he might hear the mournings of such as are in captivity *
and deliver the children appointed unto death;
That they may declare the Name of the Lord in Sion *
and his worship at Jerusalem;
When the people are gathered together *
and the kingdoms also, to serve the Lord.
He brought down my strength in my journey *
and shortened my days.
But I said, O my God, take me not away in the midst of mine age *
as for thy years, they endure throughout all generations.
Thou, Lord, in the beginning hast laid the foundation of the earth *
and the heavens are the work of thy hands.
They shall perish, but thou shalt endure *
they all shall wax old as doth a garment;
And as a vesture shalt thou change them, and they shall be changed *
but thou art the same, and thy years shall not fail.
The children of thy servants shall continue *
and their seed shall stand fast in thy sight.