I am the man who has seen affliction by the rod of His wrath.
He has led me and made me walk
In darkness and not in light. 3 Surely He has turned His hand against me
Time and time again throughout the day.
He has aged a my flesh and my skin,
And b broken my bones. 5 He has besieged me
And surrounded me with bitterness and 1 woe. 6 c He has set me in dark places
Like the dead of long ago.
d He has hedged me in so that I cannot get out;
He has made my chain heavy. 8 Even e when I cry and shout,
He shuts out my prayer. 9 He has blocked my ways with hewn stone;
He has made my paths crooked.
f He has been to me a bear lying in wait,
Like a lion in 2 ambush. 11 He has turned aside my ways and g torn me in pieces;
He has made me desolate. 12 He has bent His bow
And h set me up as a target for the arrow.
He has caused i the 3 arrows of His quiver
To pierce my 4 loins. 14 I have become the j ridicule of all my people -
k Their taunting song all the day. 15 l He has filled me with bitterness,
He has made me drink wormwood.
He has also broken my teeth m with gravel,
And 5 covered me with ashes. 17 You have moved my soul far from peace;
I have forgotten 6 prosperity. 18 n And I said, "My strength and my hope
Have perished from the LORD."
Remember my affliction and roaming,
o The wormwood and the 7 gall. 20 My soul still remembers
And 8 sinks within me. 21 This I recall to my mind,
Therefore I have p hope.
q Through the LORD's mercies we are not consumed,
Because His compassions r fail not. 23 They are new s every morning;
Great is Your faithfulness. 24 "The LORD is my t portion," says my soul,
"Therefore I u hope in Him!"
The LORD is good to those who v wait for Him,
To the soul who seeks Him. 26 It is good that one should w hope x and wait quietly
For the salvation of the LORD. 27 y It is good for a man to bear
The yoke in his youth.
z Let him sit alone and keep silent,
Because God has laid it on him; 29 a Let him put his mouth in the dust -
There may yet be hope. 30 b Let him give his cheek to the one who strikes him,
And be full of reproach.
c For the Lord will not cast off forever.
Though He causes grief,
Yet He will show compassion
According to the multitude of His mercies. 33 For d He does not afflict 9 willingly,
Nor grieve the children of men.
To crush under one's feet
All the prisoners of the earth, 35 To turn aside the justice due a man
Before the face of the Most High, 36 Or subvert a man in his cause -
e The Lord does not approve.
Who is he f who speaks and it comes to pass,
When the Lord has not commanded it? 38 Is it not from the mouth of the Most High
That g woe and well-being proceed? 39 h Why should a living man 10 complain,
i A man for the punishment of his sins?
Let us search out and examine our ways,
And turn back to the LORD; 41 j Let us lift our hearts and hands
To God in heaven. 42 k We have transgressed and rebelled;
You have not pardoned.
You have covered Yourself with anger
And pursued us;
You have slain and not pitied. 44 You have covered Yourself with a cloud,
That prayer should not pass through. 45 You have made us an l offscouring and refuse
In the midst of the peoples.
m All our enemies
Have opened their mouths against us. 47 n Fear and a snare have come upon us,
o Desolation and destruction. 48 p My eyes overflow with rivers of water
For the destruction of the daughter of my people.
q My eyes flow and do not cease,
Without interruption, 50 Till the LORD from heaven
r Looks down and sees. 51 My eyes bring suffering to my soul
Because of all the daughters of my city.
My enemies s without cause
Hunted me down like a bird. 53 They 11 silenced my life t in the pit
And u threw 12 stones at me. 54 v The waters flowed over my head;
w I said, "I am cut off!"
x I called on Your name, O LORD,
From the lowest y pit. 56 z You have heard my voice:
"Do not hide Your ear
From my sighing, from my cry for help." 57 You a drew near on the day I called on You,
And said, b "Do not fear!"
O Lord, You have c pleaded the case for my soul;
d You have redeemed my life. 59 O LORD, You have seen 13 how I am wronged;
e Judge my case. 60 You have seen all their vengeance,
All their f schemes against me.
You have heard their reproach, O LORD,
All their schemes against me, 62 The lips of my enemies
And their whispering against me all the day. 63 Look at their g sitting down and their rising up;
I am their taunting song.
h Repay them, O LORD,
According to the work of their hands. 65 Give them 14 a veiled heart;
Your curse be upon them! 66 In Your anger,
Pursue and destroy them
i From under the heavens of the j LORD.