NASB — Psalms 102 — KJV

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.

  1 aHear my prayer, O LORD!
  And let my cry for help bcome to You.
  2 aDo not hide Your face from me in the day of my distress;
  bIncline Your ear to me;
  In the day when I call aanswer me quickly.
  3 For my days ahave been Iconsumed in smoke,
  And my bbones have been scorched like a hearth.
  4 My heart ahas been smitten like Igrass and has bwithered away,
  Indeed, I cforget to eat my bread.
  5 Because of the Iloudness of my groaning
  My abones IIcling to my flesh.
  6 I Iresemble a apelican of the wilderness;
  I have become like an owl of the waste places.
  7 I alie awake,
  I have become like a lonely bird on a housetop.

[1] Ps 142:2 aPs 39:12; 61:1 bEx 2:23; 1S 9:16
[2] aPs 69:17 bPs 31:2
[3] IOr finished aPs 37:20; Jm 4:14 bJb 30:30; Lm 1:13
[4] ILit herbage aPs 90:5, 6 bPs 37:2; Is 40:7 c1S 1:7; 2S 12:17; Ezr 10:6; Jb 33:20
[5] ILit voice IILit have cleaved aJb 19:20; Lm 4:8
[6] ILit have become similar to aIs 34:11; Zp 2:14
[7] aPs 77:4

  8 ¶ My enemies ahave reproached me all day long;
  Those who Ibderide me IIhave used my [name] as a ccurse.
  9 For I have eaten ashes like bread
  And amingled my drink with weeping
  10 aBecause of Your indignation and Your wrath,
  For You have blifted me up and cast me away.
  11 My days are like a Ialengthened shadow,
  And III bwither away like IIIgrass.

[8] IOr made a fool of IILit have sworn by me aPs 31:11 bAc 26:11 c2S 16:5; Is 65:15; Jr 29:22
[9] aPs 42:3; 80:5
[10] aPs 38:3 bJb 27:21; 30:22
[11] ILit stretched out IIOr as for me, I IIILit herbage aJb 14:2; Ps 109:23 bPs 102:4

  12 ¶ But You, O LORD, Iaabide forever,
  And Your IIbname to all generations.
  13 You will aarise [and] have bcompassion on Zion;
  For cit is time to be gracious to her,
  For the dappointed time has come.
  14 Surely Your servants Ifind pleasure in her stones
  And feel pity for her dust.
  15 ISo the IIanations will fear the name of the LORD
  And ball the kings of the earth Your glory.
  16 For the LORD has abuilt up Zion;
  He has bappeared in His glory.
  17 He has aregarded the prayer of the Idestitute
  And has not despised their prayer.

[12] IOr sit enthroned IILit memorial aPs 9:7; 10:16; Lm 5:19 bEx 3:15; Ps 135:13
[13] aPs 12:5; 44:26 bIs 60:10; Zc 1:12 cPs 119:126 dPs 75:2; Dn 8:19
[14] IOr have found
[15] IOr And IIOr Gentiles, heathen a1K 8:43; Ps 67:7 bPs 138:4
[16] aPs 147:2 bIs 60:1, 2
[17] IOr naked aNe 1:6; Ps 22:24

  18IThis will be awritten for the bgeneration to come,
  IIThat ca people yet to be created IIImay praise IVthe LORD.
  19 For He alooked down from His holy height;
  bFrom heaven the LORD gazed Iupon the earth,
  20 To hear the agroaning of the prisoner,
  To bset free Ithose who were doomed to death,
  21 That [men] may atell of the name of the LORD in Zion
  And His praise in Jerusalem,
  22 When athe peoples are gathered together,
  And the kingdoms, to serve the LORD.

[18] IOr Let this be written IIOr And IIIOr will IVHeb YAH aDt 31:19; Ro 15:4; 1Co 10:11 bPs 22:30; 48:13 cPs 22:31; 78:6f
[19] ILit toward aDt 26:15; Ps 14:2; 53:2 bPs 33:13
[20] ILit the sons of death aPs 79:11 bPs 146:7
[21] aPs 22:22
[22] aPs 22:27; 86:9; Is 49:22, 23; 60:3; Zc 8:20-23

  23 ¶ He has weakened my strength in the way;
  He has ashortened my days.
  24 I say, “O my God, ado not take me away in the Imidst of my days,
  Your byears are throughout all generations.
  25 “Of old You afounded the earth,
  And the bheavens are the work of Your hands.
  26IEven they will aperish, but You endure;
  And all of them will wear out like a garment;
  Like clothing You will change them and they will be changed.
  27 “But You are Iathe same,
  And Your years will not come to an end.
  28 “The achildren of Your servants will continue,
  And their Ibdescendants will be established before You.”

[23] aPs 39:5
[24] ILit half aPs 39:13; Is 38:10 bJb 36:26; Ps 90:2; 102:12; Hab 1:12
[25] aGn 1:1; Ne 9:6; He 1:10-12 bPs 96:5
[26] ILit They themselves aIs 34:4; 51:6; Mt 24:35; 2P 3:10; Rv 20:11
[27] ILit He aIs 41:4; 43:10; Mal 3:6; Jm 1:17
[28] ILit seed aPs 69:36 bPs 89:4


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The prophet in his prayer maketh a grievous complaint.

1 ¶ [[A Prayer of the afflicted, when he is overwhelmed, and poureth out his complaint before the LORD.]] Hear my prayer, O LORD, and let my cry come unto thee. 2 Hide 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. 3 For my days are consumed like smoke, and my bones are burned as an hearth. 4 My heart is smitten, and 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 Mine enemies reproach me all the day; [and] they that 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 thine indignation and thy wrath: for thou hast lifted me up, and cast me down. 11 My days [are] like a shadow that declineth; and I am withered like grass.

[1] Ex 2:23; Jg 10:16; 1S 1:15; 9:16; 2Ch 30:27; Ps 5:2; 12:5; 18:6; 41:1; 42:4; 55:1; 57:1; 61:2; 62:8; 69:1; 77:3; 130:1; 142:2; 143:4, 7; 145:19; Lm 3:8, 18, 44; Mk 14:33; Lk 22:44; He 5:7.
[2] Jb 7:21; 34:29; Ps 13:1; 22:19; 27:9; 40:13; 69:17; 70:1; 71:2; 88:2, 14; 104:29; 143:7; Is 8:17; 43:2; 65:24; Ac 12:5; 1Co 10:13.
[3] Jb 30:30; Ps 22:14; 31:10; 37:20; 38:3; 119:83; Lm 1:13; 3:4; Jm 4:14.
[4] 1S 1:7; Ezr 10:6; Jb 6:4; 10:1; Ps 6:2; 37:2; 42:6; 55:4; 69:20; 77:3; 102:9, 11; 143:3; Is 40:7; Lm 3:13, 20; Mt 26:37; Ac 9:9.
[5] Jb 19:20; Ps 6:6, 8; 32:3; 38:8; Pv 17:22; Lm 4:8.
[6] Jb 30:29; Is 34:11; 38:14; Mi 1:8; Zp 2:14; Rv 18:2.
[7] Dt 28:66; Jb 7:13; Ps 22:2; 38:11; 77:4; 130:6; Lm 3:28; Mk 14:33.
[8] Ps 2:1; 31:11; 55:3; 69:9, 20; 89:51; Lk 6:11; Ac 7:54; 23:12; 26:11; Ro 15:3.
[9] Jb 3:24; Ps 42:3; 69:21; 80:5; Is 44:20; Lm 3:15, 48; Mi 1:10; 7:17.
[10] 1S 2:7; 2Ch 25:8; Ps 30:6; 38:3, 18; 39:11; 73:18; 90:7; 147:6; Lm 1:18; 3:39; 5:16; Dn 9:8; Ro 3:19; 2Co 4:9.
[11] Jb 14:2; Ps 39:5; 102:3, 4; 109:23; 144:4; Ec 6:12; Is 40:6; Jm 1:10; 4:14; 1P 1:24.

He taketh comfort in the eternity and mercy of God.

12 But thou, O LORD, shalt endure for ever; and thy remembrance unto all generations. 13 Thou shalt arise, [and] have mercy upon Zion: for the time to favour her, yea, the set time, is come. 14 For thy servants take pleasure in her stones, and favour the dust thereof. 15 So the heathen shall fear the name of the LORD, and all the kings of the earth thy 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.

[12] Ex 3:15; Dt 33:27; Ps 9:7; 90:1; 102:24; 135:13; Is 44:6; 60:15; Lm 5:19; He 13:8; Rv 1:17.
[13] Ezr 1:1; Ps 7:6; 44:26; 51:18; 69:35; Is 14:32; 40:2; 60:1, 10; Jr 31:10, 23; Dn 9:2; 12:9, 12; Zc 1:12; 2:10; Ac 1:7; Ga 4:4; 2P 3:8, 12; Rv 11:15.
[14] Ezr 1:5; 3:1; 7:27; Ne 1:3; 2:3, 17; 4:2, 6, 10; Ps 79:1, 7; 137:5; Dn 9:16.
[15] 1K 8:43; Ps 67:2; 68:31; 72:11; 86:9; 138:4; Is 55:5; 60:3; Zc 8:20; Rv 11:15; 21:24.
[16] Ps 51:18; 69:35; 97:6; 147:2; Is 2:2; 14:26; 60:1, 7; 61:3; 66:18; Jr 31:4; 33:7; Mi 2:9; Zc 2:6.
[17] Dt 4:29; 32:36; Ne 1:6, 11; 2:1; Ps 9:18; 22:24; 69:23; 72:12; Jr 29:11; Dn 9:3.

The mercies of God are to be recorded.

18 This shall be written for the generation to come: and the people which shall be created shall praise the LORD. 19 For he hath 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.

[18] Ex 17:14; Dt 31:19; Jb 19:23; Ps 22:30; 45:16; 71:18; 78:4; Is 43:7, 21; 65:17; Dn 9:2; Jn 20:31; Ro 15:4; 1Co 10:11; 2Co 5:17; Ep 2:10; 2Ti 3:16; 1P 2:9; 2P 1:15.
[19] Dt 26:15; 1K 8:39, 43; 2Ch 16:9; Jb 22:12; Ps 14:2; 33:13; He 8:1; 9:23.
[20] Ex 2:23; 3:7; 2K 13:4, 22; 2Ch 33:11; Jb 24:12; Ps 79:11; 146:7; Is 14:17; 61:1; Jr 51:32, 34; Zc 9:9; Ac 12:6; Ep 2:2.
[21] Ps 9:13; 22:22; 51:14; 79:13; Is 51:11; Ep 2:4; 3:21; 1P 2:9.
[22] Gn 49:10; Ps 72:8; Is 49:22; 60:3; Ho 1:9; Zc 8:20; Mt 24:14; Ro 15:19.

He sustaineth his weakness by the unchangeableness of God.

23 He weakened my strength in the way; he shortened my days. 24 I said, O my God, take me not away in the midst of my days: thy years [are] throughout all generations. 25 Of old hast thou laid the foundation of the earth: and the heavens [are] the work of thy hands. 26 They shall perish, but thou shalt endure: yea, all of them shall wax old like a garment; as a vesture shalt thou change them, and they shall be changed: 27 But thou [art] the same, and thy years shall have no end. 28 The children of thy servants shall continue, and their seed shall be established before thee.

[23] Jb 21:21; Ps 89:38; 2Th 2:3; 1Ti 4:1; 2Ti 3:1; Rv 11:2; 12:13.
[24] Ps 9:7; 39:13; 90:1; 102:12; Is 38:10; Hab 1:12; Rv 1:4, 8.
[25] Gn 1:1; 2:1; Ex 20:11; Jb 38:4; Pv 8:23; Jr 32:17; He 1:10; 3:3.
[26] Ex 3:14; Ps 102:12; Is 34:4; 51:6; 65:17; 66:22; Lk 21:33; Ro 8:20; 2P 3:7; Rv 20:11; 21:1.
[27] Jb 36:26; Ps 90:4; Mal 3:6; Jn 8:58; He 13:8; Jm 1:17; Rv 1:8, 17.
[28] Ps 22:30; 45:16; 69:35; 90:16; Is 53:10; 59:20; 65:22; 66:22.


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