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Psalm 102 :: English Standard Version (ESV)

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Do Not Hide Your Face from Me

Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 102:1 - A Prayer of one afflicted, when he is faint and pours out his complaint before the LORD.
Hear my prayer, O LORD;
let my cry come to you!
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 102:2 - Do not hide your face from me
in the day of my distress!
Incline your ear to me;
answer me speedily in the day when I call!
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 102:3 - For my days pass away like smoke,
and my bones burn like a furnace.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 102:4 - My heart is struck down like grass and has withered;
I forget to eat my bread.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 102:5 - Because of my loud groaning
my bones cling to my flesh.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 102:6 - I am like a desert owl of the wilderness,
like an owl[fn] of the waste places;
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 102:7 - I lie awake;
I am like a lonely sparrow on the housetop.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 102:8 - All the day my enemies taunt me;
those who deride me use my name for a curse.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 102:9 - For I eat ashes like bread
and mingle tears with my drink,
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 102:10 - because of your indignation and anger;
for you have taken me up and thrown me down.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 102:11 - My days are like an evening shadow;
I wither away like grass.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 102:12 - But you, O LORD, are enthroned forever;
you are remembered throughout all generations.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 102:13 - You will arise and have pity on Zion;
it is the time to favor her;
the appointed time has come.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 102:14 - For your servants hold her stones dear
and have pity on her dust.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 102:15 - Nations will fear the name of the LORD,
and all the kings of the earth will fear your glory.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 102:16 - For the LORD builds up Zion;
he appears in his glory;
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 102:17 - he regards the prayer of the destitute
and does not despise their prayer.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 102:18 - Let this be recorded for a generation to come,
so that a people yet to be created may praise the LORD:
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 102:19 - that he looked down from his holy height;
from heaven the LORD looked at the earth,
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 102:20 - to hear the groans of the prisoners,
to set free those who were doomed to die,
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 102:21 - that they may declare in Zion the name of the LORD,
and in Jerusalem his praise,
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 102:22 - when peoples gather together,
and kingdoms, to worship the LORD.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 102:23 - He has broken my strength in midcourse;
he has shortened my days.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 102:24 - “O my God,” I say, “take me not away
in the midst of my days—
you whose years endure
throughout all generations!”
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 102:25 - Of old you laid the foundation of the earth,
and the heavens are the work of your hands.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 102:26 - They will perish, but you will remain;
they will all wear out like a garment.
You will change them like a robe, and they will pass away,
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 102:27 - but you are the same, and your years have no end.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 102:28 - The children of your servants shall dwell secure;
their offspring shall be established before you.
ESV Footnotes
The precise identity of these birds is uncertain

The Holy Bible, English Standard Version copyright © 2001, 2007, 2011, 2016 by Crossway Books and Bibles, a Publishing Ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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