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Jehovah’s Witnesses



Psalms 102:1-28


  • A prayer of an oppressed one in despair

    • “I am like a solitary bird” (7)

    • ‘My days are a fading shadow’ (11)

    • “Jehovah will rebuild Zion” (16)

    • Jehovah remains forever (26, 27)

A prayer of the oppressed one when he is in despair* and pours out his concern before Jehovah.+ 102  O Jehovah, hear my prayer;+ Let my cry for help reach you.+   Do not hide your face from me in my time of distress.+ Incline your ear* to me; Do answer me quickly when I call.+   For my days are vanishing like smoke, And my bones are charred like a fireplace.+   My heart has been struck down like grass and has withered,+ For I forget to eat my food.   Because of my loud groaning,+ My bones cling to my flesh.+   I resemble the pelican of the wilderness; I am like a little owl among the ruins.   I lie awake;* I am like a solitary bird on a roof.+   All day long my enemies taunt me.+ Those who mock me* use my name as a curse.   For I eat ashes as my bread,+ And my drink is mingled with tears,+ 10  Because of your anger and your indignation, For you lifted me up only to cast me aside. 11  My days are like a fading shadow,*+ And I am withering like grass.+ 12  But you remain forever, O Jehovah,+ And your fame* will endure for all generations.+ 13  Surely you will rise up and show mercy on Zion,+ For it is time to show her your favor;+ The appointed time has come.+ 14  For your servants find pleasure in her stones+ And have affection even for her dust.+ 15  The nations will fear the name of Jehovah, And all the kings of the earth your glory.+ 16  For Jehovah will rebuild Zion;+ He will appear in his glory.+ 17  He will pay attention to the prayer of the destitute;+ He will not despise their prayer.+ 18  This is written for the future generation,+ So that a people yet to be brought forth* will praise Jah. 19  For he looks down from his holy height,+ From the heavens Jehovah views the earth, 20  To hear the sighing of the prisoner,+ To release those sentenced to death,+ 21  So that the name of Jehovah will be declared in Zion+ And his praise in Jerusalem, 22  When the peoples and kingdoms Gather together to serve Jehovah.+ 23  He prematurely robbed me of my strength; He cut short my days. 24  I said: “O my God, Do not do away with me in the middle of my life, You whose years span all generations.+ 25  Long ago you laid the foundations of the earth, And the heavens are the work of your hands.+ 26  They will perish, but you will remain; Just like a garment they will all wear out. Just like clothing you will replace them, and they will pass away. 27  But you are the same, and your years will never end.+ 28  The children of your servants will dwell securely, And their offspring will be firmly established before you.”+


Or “he grows weak.”
Or “Bend down and listen.”
Or possibly, “I am emaciated.”
Or “make a fool of me.”
Or “a lengthening shadow.”
Or “name.” Lit., “memorial.”
Lit., “be created.”