1 A prayer of the afflicted, when he is overwhelmed, and poureth out before the Lord his complaint.(102:2)O Lord, hear my prayer, and let my cry come unto thee.
2 (102:3)Hide not thy face from me on the day when I am distressed; incline unto me thy ear; on the day when I call, answer me speedily.
3 (102:4)For my days vanish in smoke, and my bones are burning like a hearth.
4 (102:5)Struck by heat like the herb and dried up is my heart; for I forget to eat my bread.
5 (102:6)Because of the voice of my groaning my bones cleave to my flesh.
6 (102:7)I am like the pelican of the wilderness: I am become like the owl amid ruins.
7 (102:8)I watch, and I am become like a nightbird sitting alone upon the housetop.
8 (102:9)All the day my enemies reproach me: they that mock me swear by me.
9 (102:10)For ashes do I eat like bread, and my drink I mingle with weeping;
10 (102:11)Because of thy indignation and thy wrath; for thou hadst lifted me up, and hast cast me down.
11 (102:12)My days are like a shadow that declineth; and like the herb I wither.
12 (102:13)But thou, O Lord, wilt sit enthroned for ever; and thy memorial is unto all generations.
13 (102:14)Thou wilt indeed arise; thou wilt have mercy upon Zion; for it is time to favor her, for the appointed time is coming.
14 (102:15)For thy servants hold dear her stones, and her very dust they cherish.
15 (102:16)Then shall nations fear the name of the Lord, and all the kings of the earth thy glory:
16 (102:17)When the Lord shalt have built up Zion, he appeareth in his glory;
17 (102:18)When he hath regarded the prayer of the forsaken, and doth not despise their prayer.
18 (102:19)This shall be written down for the latest generation; and the people which shall be created shall praise the Lord.
19 (102:20)For he hath looked down from the height of his sanctuary; the Lord hath cast from heaven his view to the earth:
20 (102:21)To hear the sighing of the prisoner; to loosen those that are doomed to death:
21 (102:22)That men may proclaim in Zion the name of the Lord, and his praise in Jerusalem;
22 (102:23)When people are gathered together, and kingdoms, to serve the Lord.
23 (102:24)He hath weakened on the way my strength; he hath shortened my days.
24 (102:25)I will say, O my God! take me not away in the midst of my days: throughout all generations are thy years.
25 (102:26)In olden times didst thou lay the foundations of the earth; and the heavens are the work of thy hands.
26 (102:27)These will indeed perish, but thou wilt ever exist: yea, all of them will wear out like a garment; as a vesture wilt thou change them, and they will be changed;
27 (102:28)But thou art ever the same, and thy years will have no end.
28 (102:29)The children of thy servants will dwell securely, and their seed will be firmly established before thee.