Psalm 102

Do Not Hide Your Face from Me

1 Hear my prayer, O LORD,
And let my cry come to You.
2 a Do not hide Your face from me in the day of my trouble;
Incline Your ear to me;
In the day that I call, answer me speedily.

3 For my days 1 are b consumed like smoke,
And my bones are burned like a hearth.
4 My heart is stricken and withered like grass,
So that I forget to eat my bread.
5 Because of the sound of my groaning
My bones cling to my 2 skin.
6 I am like a pelican of the wilderness;
I am like an owl of the desert.
7 I lie awake,
And am like a sparrow alone on the housetop.
8 My enemies reproach me all day long;
Those who deride me swear an oath against me.
9 For I have eaten ashes like bread,
And mingled my drink with weeping,
10 Because of Your indignation and Your wrath;
For You have lifted me up and cast me away.
11 My days are like a shadow that lengthens,
And I wither away like grass.

12 But You, O LORD, shall endure forever,
And the remembrance of Your name to all generations.
13 You will arise and have mercy on Zion;
For the time to favor her,
Yes, the set time, has come.
14 For Your servants take pleasure in her stones,
And show favor to her dust.
15 So the 3 nations shall c fear the name of the LORD,
And all the kings of the earth Your glory.
16 For the LORD shall build up Zion;
d He shall appear in His glory.
17 e He shall regard the prayer of the destitute,
And shall not despise their prayer.

18 This will be f written for the generation to come,
That g a people yet to be created may praise the LORD.
19 For He h looked down from the height of His sanctuary;
From heaven the LORD viewed the earth,
20 i To hear the groaning of the prisoner,
To release those appointed to death,
21 To j declare the name of the LORD in Zion,
And His praise in Jerusalem,
22 k When the peoples are gathered together,
And the kingdoms, to serve the LORD.

23 He weakened my strength in the way;
He l shortened my days.
24 m I said, "O my God,
Do not take me away in the midst of my days;
n Your years are throughout all generations.

25 o Of old You laid the foundation of the earth,
And the heavens are the work of Your hands.
26 p They will perish, but You will 4 endure;
Yes, they will all grow old like a garment;
Like a cloak You will change them,
And they will be changed.
27 But q You are the same,
And Your years will have no end.
28 r The children of Your servants will continue,
And their descendants will be established before You."

New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.
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