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Psalm 102 :: New Living Translation (NLT)

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Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 102:1 - A prayer of one overwhelmed with trouble, pouring out problems before the LORD.

LORD, hear my prayer!
Listen to my plea!
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 102:2 - Don’t turn away from me
in my time of distress.
Bend down to listen,
and answer me quickly when I call to you.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 102:3 - For my days disappear like smoke,
and my bones burn like red-hot coals.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 102:4 - My heart is sick, withered like grass,
and I have lost my appetite.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 102:5 - Because of my groaning,
I am reduced to skin and bones.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 102:6 - I am like an owl in the desert,
like a little owl in a far-off wilderness.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 102:7 - I lie awake,
lonely as a solitary bird on the roof.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 102:8 - My enemies taunt me day after day.
They mock and curse me.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 102:9 - I eat ashes for food.
My tears run down into my drink
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 102:10 - because of your anger and wrath.
For you have picked me up and thrown me out.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 102:11 - My life passes as swiftly as the evening shadows.
I am withering away like grass.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 102:12 - But you, O LORD, will sit on your throne forever.
Your fame will endure to every generation.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 102:13 - You will arise and have mercy on Jerusalem[fn]
and now is the time to pity her,
now is the time you promised to help.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 102:14 - For your people love every stone in her walls
and cherish even the dust in her streets.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 102:15 - Then the nations will tremble before the LORD.
The kings of the earth will tremble before his glory.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 102:16 - For the LORD will rebuild Jerusalem.
He will appear in his glory.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 102:17 - He will listen to the prayers of the destitute.
He will not reject their pleas.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 102:18 - Let this be recorded for future generations,
so that a people not yet born will praise the LORD.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 102:19 - Tell them the LORD looked down
from his heavenly sanctuary.
He looked down to earth from heaven
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 102:20 - to hear the groans of the prisoners,
to release those condemned to die.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 102:21 - And so the LORD’s fame will be celebrated in Zion,
his praises in Jerusalem,
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 102:22 - when multitudes gather together
and kingdoms come to worship the LORD.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 102:23 - He broke my strength in midlife,
cutting short my days.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 102:24 - But I cried to him, “O my God, who lives forever,
don’t take my life while I am so young!
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 102:25 - Long ago you laid the foundation of the earth
and made the heavens with your hands.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 102:26 - They will perish, but you remain forever;
they will wear out like old clothing.
You will change them like a garment
and discard them.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 102:27 - But you are always the same;
you will live forever.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 102:28 - The children of your people
will live in security.
Their children’s children
will thrive in your presence.”
NLT Footnotes
Hebrew Zion; also in 102:16.

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