Psalm 102:1-28 Voice

Psalm 102:1-28 Voice [1] Hear me, O Eternal One, hear my prayer! Hear my lonely desperate cry for help. [2] Do not hide from me when my days are filled with anguish; Lend Your ear to my wailing, and answer me quickly when I call. [3] For my days come and go, vanishing like smoke, and my bones are charred like bricks of a hearth. [4] My heart is beaten down like grass withered and scorched in the summer heat; I can't even remember to eat. [5] My body is shaken by my groans; my bones cling to my skin, holding on for dear life. [6] I am like a solitary owl in the wilderness; I am a lost and lonely screech owl at home in the rubble. [7] I stare at the ceiling, awake in my bed; I am alone, a defenseless sparrow perched on a roof. [8] All day long my enemies chide me; those who mock me spit out my name as a curse. [9] For ashes have become my bread; my tears fall into my drink [10] Because of the depth of Your wrath. You have brought me up and then hurled me aside. [11] My days go by like a long shadow-stretched thin and disappearing- I shrivel up like grass baked in the hot sun. [12] But You, O Eternal One, remain forever, and Your name endures to all generations. [13] You will rise up once again and remember Your love for Zion; it is time to have mercy on Your city; yes, it is the divinely appointed time. [14] Your faithful servants take pleasure in her every stone; they even delight in the dust of her streets. [15] Days are coming when nations will tremble at the name of the Eternal; all the rulers of the earth will bow down to Your glory. [16] For He will return to rebuild His city, Zion; He will be seen in His splendor. [17] He will listen to the prayer of the impoverished and welcome their prayers. [18] Let this record be kept for posterity so that people not yet born may praise the Eternal. [19] Tell them that He looked down from holy heights, His heavenly sanctuary; the Eternal looked down from heaven and closely watched the earth, [20] Hearing the prisoners' groans- releasing those awaiting execution- [21] That the name of the Eternal would resound in Zion, and His praise would be proclaimed in Jerusalem [22] When the peoples gather and the nations' leaders assemble to worship the Eternal. [23] Along my way He has sapped my strength; He has shortened my days here on earth. [24] I said, "O my True God, don't take me away in the middle of my life; Unlike me, Your years continually unfold throughout all generations." [25] In the beginning, You laid the foundation of the earth and set the skies above us with Your own hands. [26] But while they will someday pass away, You remain forever; when they wear out like old clothes, You will roll them up and change them into something new, and they will pass away. [27] But You are the same, You will never change; Your years will never come to an end. [28] The children of those who serve You will enjoy a good, long life; their offspring will stand strong before You.

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