I am the man who has seen affliction under the rod of his wrath;
he has driven and brought me into darkness without any light;
surely against me he turns his hand again and again the whole day long.
he has made me dwell in darkness like the dead of long ago.
He has walled me about so that I cannot escape; he has made my chains heavy;
he has blocked my ways with blocks of stones; he has made my paths crooked.
He is a bear lying in wait for me, a lion in hiding;
my soul is bereft of peace; I have forgotten what happiness is;
so I say, “My endurance has perished; so has my hope from the Lord.”
The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end;
The Lord is good to those who wait for him, to the soul who seeks him.
let him put his mouth in the dust— there may yet be hope;
let him give his cheek to the one who strikes, and let him be filled with insults.
For the Lord will not cast off forever,
but, though he cause grief, he will have compassion according to the abundance of his steadfast love;
To crush underfoot all the prisoners of the earth,
to deny a man justice in the presence of the Most High,
to subvert a man in his lawsuit, the Lord does not approve.
Who has spoken and it came to pass, unless the Lord has commanded it?
Is it not from the mouth of the Most High that good and bad come?
Why should a living man complain, a man, about the punishment of his sins?
Let us test and examine our ways, and return to the Lord!
“We have transgressed and rebelled, and you have not forgiven.
you have wrapped yourself with a cloud so that no prayer can pass through.
You have made us scum and garbage among the peoples.
“All our enemies open their mouths against us;
my eyes flow with rivers of tears because of the destruction of the daughter of my people.
“My eyes will flow without ceasing, without respite,
my eyes cause me grief at the fate of all the daughters of my city.
“I called on your name, O Lord, from the depths of the pit;
you heard my plea, ‘Do not close your ear to my cry for help!’
You came near when I called on you; you said, ‘Do not fear!’
You have seen the wrong done to me, O Lord; judge my cause.
You have seen all their vengeance, all their plots against me.
“You have heard their taunts, O Lord, all their plots against me.
The lips and thoughts of my assailants are against me all the day long.
Behold their sitting and their rising; I am the object of their taunts.
You will give them dullness of heart; your curse will be on them.