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The Jewish Study Bible Contextualizes the Hebrew Bible with accompanying scholarly text on Jewish traditions and history.

Chapter 102

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1A prayer of the lowly man when he is faint and pours forth his plea before the LORD.

2O LORD, hear my prayer; let my cry come before You. 3Do not hide Your face from me in my time of trouble; turn Your ear to me; when I cry, answer me speedily. 4For my days have vanished like smoke and my bones are charred like a hearth. 5My body is stricken and withered like grass; a‐ Others “I forget.” too wasted ‐a Others “I forget.” to eat my food; 6on account of my vehement groaning my bones b‐ Lit. “cling to my flesh.” show through my skin. ‐b Lit. “cling to my flesh.” 7I am like a great owl in the wilderness, an owl among the ruins. 8I lie awake; I am like a lone bird upon a roof. 9All day long my enemies revile me; my deriders use my name to curse. 10For I have eaten ashes like bread and mixed my drink with tears, 11because of Your wrath and Your fury; for You have cast me far away. 12My days are like a lengthening shadow; I wither like grass. 13But You, O LORD, are enthroned forever; Your fame endures throughout the ages. 14You will surely arise and take pity on Zion, for it is time to be gracious to her; the appointed time has come. 15Your servants take delight in its stones, and cherish its dust. 16The nations will fear the name of the LORD, all the kings of the earth, Your glory. 17For the LORD has built Zion; He has appeared in all His glory. 18He has turned to the prayer a‐ Meaning of Heb. uncertain. of the destitute ‐a Meaning of Heb. uncertain. and has not spurned their prayer. 19May this be written down for a coming generation, that people yet to be created may praise the LORD. 20For He looks down from His holy height; the LORD beholds the earth from heaven 21to hear the groans of the prisoner, to release those condemned to death; 22that the fame of the LORD may be recounted in Zion, His praises in Jerusalem, 23when the nations gather together, the kingdoms, to serve the LORD. 24He drained my strength in mid‐course, He shortened my days. 25I say, “O my God, do not take me away in the midst of my days, You whose years go on for generations on end. 26Of old You established the earth; the heavens are the work of Your hands. 27They shall perish, but You shall endure; they shall all wear out like a garment; You change them like clothing and they pass away. 28But You are the same, and Your years never end. 29May the children of Your servants dwell securely and their offspring endure in Your presence.”

Notes:

a‐a Others “I forget.”

b‐b Lit. “cling to my flesh.”

a‐a Meaning of Heb. uncertain.

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