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HEAR my prayer, O LORD, and let my cry come unto thee.
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Turn not thy face from me in the day when I am in trouble;
incline thine ear unto me;
in the day when I call, answer me speedily.
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For my days are consumed like smoke, and my bones are whitened as if they were burned.
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My heart is smitten and withered like grass, so that I forget to eat my bread.
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Because of the voice of my groaning, my bones cleave to my skin.
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I am like a pelican of the wilderness;
I am like an owl of the desert.
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I am shaken and alone like a sparrow upon the house tops.
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Mine enemies reproach me all the day;
those who once praised me are now sworn against me.
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I have eaten ashes like bread, and mingled my drink with weeping,
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Because of thine indignation and thy wrath;
for thou hast lifted me up, and cast me down.
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My days are like a shadow that declines;
and I am withered like grass.
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¶ But thou, O LORD, shalt endure for ever, and thy remembrance to all generations.
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Arise and have mercy upon Zion;
for it is time to have mercy upon her.
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For thy servants take pleasure in her stones, and favor the dust thereof.
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So the heathen shall worship the name of the LORD, and all the kings of the earth thy glory.
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When the LORD builds up Zion, he shall appear in his glory.
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He will regard the prayer of the destitute, and not despise their prayer.
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This shall be written for the generation to come;
and the people who shall be created shall praise the LORD.
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For he has looked down from the height of his sanctuary;
from heaven did the LORD behold the earth,
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To hear the groaning of the prisoner, to loose those that are appointed to death,
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To declare the name of the LORD in Zion and his praises in Jerusalem,
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When the peoples are gathered together, and the kingdoms, to serve the LORD.
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¶ For they have weakened my strength on earth;
they warned me of the shortage of my days.
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O my God, take me not away in the midst of my days;
thy years are throughout all generations.
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Of old hast thou laid the foundation of the earth;
and the heavens are the work of thy hands.
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They shall perish, but thou shalt endure;
yea, all of them shall wax old like a garment;
as a vesture, they shall fade.
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But thou art the same, and thy years shall have no end.
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The children of thy servants shall continue and their descendants shall be established before thee.