1: (A Prayer of the afflicted, when he is overwhelmed, and poureth out his complaint before Jehovah.) Jehovah, hear my prayer, and let my cry come unto thee. 2: Hide not thy face from me: in the day of my trouble, incline thine ear unto me; in the day I call, answer me speedily. 3: For my days are consumed like smoke, and my bones are burned as a firebrand. 4: My heart is smitten and withered like grass; yea, I have forgotten to eat my bread. 5: By reason of the voice of my groaning, my bones cleave to my flesh. 6: I am become like the pelican of the wilderness, I am as an owl in desolate places; 7: I watch, and am like a sparrow alone upon the housetop. 8: Mine enemies reproach me all the day; they that are mad against me swear by me. 9: For I have eaten ashes like bread, and mingled my drink with weeping, 10: Because of thine indignation and thy wrath; for thou hast lifted me up, and cast me down. 11: My days are like a lengthened-out shadow, and I, I am withered like grass. 12: But thou, Jehovah, abidest for ever, and thy memorial from generation to generation. 13: Thou wilt rise up, thou wilt have mercy upon Zion: for it is the time to be gracious to her, for the set time is come. 14: For thy servants take pleasure in her stones, and favour her dust. 15: And the nations shall fear the name of Jehovah, and all the kings of the earth thy glory. 16: When Jehovah shall build up Zion, he will appear in his glory. 17: He will regard the prayer of the destitute one, and not despise their prayer. 18: This shall be written for the generation to come; and a people that shall be created shall praise Jah: 19: For he hath looked down from the height of his sanctuary; from the heavens hath Jehovah beheld the earth, 20: To hear the groaning of the prisoner, to loose those that are appointed to die; 21: That the name of Jehovah may be declared in Zion, and his praise in Jerusalem, 22: When the peoples shall be gathered together, and the kingdoms, to serve Jehovah. 23: He weakened my strength in the way, he shortened my days. 24: I said, My God, take me not away in the midst of my days! ... Thy years are from generation to generation. 25: Of old hast thou founded the earth, and the heavens are the work of thy hands: 26: They shall perish, but thou continuest; and all of them shall grow old as a garment: as a vesture shalt thou change them, and they shall be changed. 27: But thou art the Same, and thy years shall have no end. 28: The children of thy servants shall abide, and their seed shall be established before thee.