1 A prayer of the afflicted when he is ouerwhelmed, and powreth out his complaint before the Lord. Heare my prayer, O Lord: and let my crie come vnto thee.
2 Hide not thy face from me in the day when I am in trouble, incline thine eare vnto me: in the day when I call, answere mee speedily.
3 For my dayes are consumed like smoke: and my bones are burnt as an hearth.
4 My heart is smitten, and withered like grasse: so that I forget to eate my bread.
5 By reason of the voice of my groning, my bones cleaue to my skinne.
6 I am like a Pelican of the wildernes: I am like an owle of the desert.
7 I watch, and am as a sparowe alone vpon the house top.
8 Mine enemies reproch me all the day: and they that are mad against me, are sworne against me.
9 For I haue eaten ashes like bread: and mingled my drinke with weeping.
10 Because of thine indignation and thy wrath: for thou hast lifted me vp, and cast me downe.
11 My dayes are like a shadow, that declineth: & I am withered like grasse.
12 But thou, O Lord, shalt endure for euer: and thy remembrance vnto all generations.
13 Thou shalt arise, and haue mercie vpon Zion: for the time to fauour her, yea the set time is come.
14 For thy seruants take pleasure in her stones: and fauour the dust therof.
15 So the heathen shall feare the Name of the Lord: and all the kings of the earth thy glory.
16 When the Lord shall build vp Zion: he shall appeare in his glory.
17 He will regard the prayer of the destitute, and not despise their prayer.
18 This shall be written for the generation to come: and the people which shall be created, shall praise the Lord.
19 For hee hath looked downe from the height of his Sanctuarie: from heauen did the Lord beholde the earth:
20 To heare the groning of the prisoner: to loose those that are appointed to death:
21 To declare the Name of the Lord in Zion: and his praise in Ierusalem:
22 When the people are gathered together: and the kingdomes to serue the Lord.
23 He weakened my strength in the way: he shortened my dayes.
24 I said, O my God, take me not away in the midst of my dayes: thy yeres are throughout all generations.
25 Of old hast thou laid the foundation of the earth: and the heauens are the worke of thy hands.
26 They shall perish, but thou shalt indure, yea all of them shall waxe old like a garment: as a vesture shalt thou change them, and they shalbe changed.
27 But thou art the same: and thy yeeres shall haue no end.
28 The children of thy seruants shal continue: and their seed shall be established before thee.