Woe is me!
For I am like those who gather summer fruits,
Like those who a glean vintage grapes;
There is no cluster to eat
Of the first-ripe fruit which b my soul desires. 2 The c faithful 1 man has perished from the earth,
And there is no one upright among men.
They all lie in wait for blood;
d Every man hunts his brother with a net. 3 That they may successfully do evil with both hands -
The prince asks for gifts,
The judge seeks a e bribe,
And the great man utters his evil desire;
So they scheme together. 4 The best of them is f like a brier;
The most upright is sharper than a thorn hedge;
The day of your watchman and your punishment comes;
Now shall be their perplexity. 5 g Do not trust in a friend;
Do not put your confidence in a companion;
Guard the doors of your mouth
From her who lies in your h bosom. 6 For i son dishonors father,
Daughter rises against her mother,
Daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law;
A man's enemies are the men of his own household. 7 Therefore I will look to the LORD;
I will j wait for the God of my salvation;
My God will hear me.
k Do not rejoice over me, my enemy;
l When I fall, I will arise;
When I sit in darkness,
The LORD will be a light to me. 9 m I will bear the indignation of the LORD,
Because I have sinned against Him,
Until He pleads my n case
And executes justice for me.
He will bring me forth to the light;
I will see His righteousness. 10 Then she who is my enemy will see,
And o shame will cover her who said to me,
p "Where is the LORD your God?"
My eyes will see her;
Now she will be trampled down
Like mud in the streets.
In the day when your q walls are to be built,
In that day 2 the decree shall go far and wide. 12 In that day r they 3 shall come to you
From Assyria and the 4 fortified cities, 5
From the 6 fortress 7 to 8 the River, 9
From sea to sea,
And mountain to mountain. 13 Yet the land shall be desolate
Because of those who dwell in it,
And s for the fruit of their deeds.
Shepherd Your people with Your staff,
The flock of Your heritage,
Who dwell 10 solitarily in a t woodland,
In the midst of Carmel;
Let them feed in Bashan and Gilead,
As in days of old. 15 "As u in the days when you came out of the land of Egypt,
I will show 11 them v wonders." 16 The nations w shall see and be ashamed of all their might;
x They shall put their hand over their mouth;
Their ears shall be deaf. 17 They shall lick the y dust like a serpent;
z They shall crawl from their holes like 12 snakes of the earth.
a They shall be afraid of the LORD our God,
And shall fear because of You.
b Who is a God like You,
c Pardoning iniquity
And passing over the transgression of d the remnant of His heritage?
e He does not retain His anger forever,
Because He delights in f mercy. 13 19 He will again have compassion on us,
And will subdue our iniquities.
You will cast all 14 our sins
Into the depths of the sea. 20 g You will give truth to Jacob
And 15 mercy to Abraham,
h Which You have sworn to our fathers
From days of old.