New American Standard Bible
Prayer of an Afflicted Man for Mercy on Himself and on Zion.
A Prayer of the Afflicted when he is faint and pours out his complaint before the LORD.
1Hear my prayer, O LORD!
And let my cry for help come to You.
2Do not hide Your face from me in the day of my distress;
3For my days have been consumed in smoke,
4My heart has been smitten like grass and has withered away,
5Because of the loudness of my groaning
6I resemble a pelican of the wilderness;
7I lie awake,
8My enemies have reproached me all day long;
9For I have eaten ashes like bread
10Because of Your indignation and Your wrath,
11My days are like a lengthened shadow,
12But You, O LORD, abide forever,
13You will arise and have compassion on Zion;
14Surely Your servants find pleasure in her stones
15So the nations will fear the name of the LORD
16For the LORD has built up Zion;
17He has regarded the prayer of the destitute
18This will be written for the generation to come,
19For He looked down from His holy height;
20To hear the groaning of the prisoner,
21That men may tell of the name of the LORD in Zion
22When the peoples are gathered together,
23He has weakened my strength in the way;
24I say, O my God, do not take me away in the midst of my days,
25Of old You founded the earth,
26Even they will perish, but You endure;
27But You are the same,
28The children of Your servants will continue,