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Psalms 102

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 1 Hear my prayer, O LORD, and let my cry come to you.

 2 Do not hide your face from me in the day when I am in trouble; incline your ear to me. In the day when I call answer me speedily.

 3 For my days are consumed like smoke, and my bones are burned as a hearth.

 4 My heart is stricken, and has withered like grass; so that I forget to eat my bread.

 5 By reason of the voice of my groaning my bones cleave to my skin.

 6 I am like a pelican of the wilderness. I am like an owl of the desert.

 7 I watch, and am as a sparrow alone upon the house top.

 8 My enemies reproach me all the day; and those who are mad against me are sworn against me.

 9 For I have eaten ashes like bread, and mingled my drink with weeping.

 10 Because of your indignation and your wrath; for you have lifted me up, and cast me down.

 11 My days are like a shadow that declines, and I am withered like grass.

 12 But you, O LORD, shall endure forever; and your remembrance to all generations.

 13 You shall arise, and have mercy upon Zion; for the time to favour her, yes, the set time, has come.

 14 For your servants take pleasure in her stones, and pity its dust.

 15 So the heathen shall fear the name of the LORD, and all the kings of the earth your glory.

 16 When the LORD shall build up Zion, he shall appear 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 who shall be created shall praise the LORD.

 19 For he has looked down from the height of his sanctuary; from heaven did the LORD behold the earth;

 20 To hear the groaning 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 Jerusalem;

 22 When the people are gathered together, and the kingdoms, to serve the LORD.

 23 He weakened my strength in the way; he shortened my days.

 24 I said, O my God, do not take me not away in the midst of my days; you whose years are throughout all generations.

 25 Of old have you laid the foundation of the earth, and the heavens are the work of your hands.

 26 They shall perish, but you shall endure; yes, all of them shall become old like a garment; like clothing, you shall change them, and they shall be changed.

 27 But you are the same, and your years shall have no end.

 28 The children of your servants shall continue, and their seed shall be established before you.


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