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Psalms: Chapter 102

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A prayer of one afflicted, when faint and pleading before the Lord. 1

Hear my prayer, O LORD; let my cry come to you. 2 Do not hide your face from me in the day of my distress. Incline your ear to me; answer me speedily in the day when I call.


For my days pass away like smoke, and my bones burn like a furnace. 4 My heart is stricken and withered like grass; I am too wasted to eat my bread. 5 Because of my loud groaning my bones cling to my skin. 6 I am like an owl of the wilderness, like a little owl of the waste places. 7 I lie awake; I am like a lonely bird on the housetop. 8 All day long my enemies taunt me; those who deride me use my name for a curse. 9 For I eat ashes like bread, and mingle tears with my drink, 10 because of your indignation and anger; for you have lifted me up and thrown me aside. 11 My days are like an evening shadow; I wither away like grass.


But you, O LORD, are enthroned forever; your name endures to all generations. 13 You will rise up and have compassion on Zion, for it is time to favor it; the appointed time has come. 14 For your servants hold its stones dear, and have pity on its dust. 15 The nations will fear the name of the LORD, and all the kings of the earth your glory. 16 For the LORD will build up Zion; he will appear in his glory. 17 He will regard the prayer of the destitute, and will not despise their prayer.


Let this be recorded for a generation to come, so that a people yet unborn may praise the LORD: 19 that he looked down from his holy height, from heaven the LORD looked at the earth, 20 to hear the groans of the prisoners, to set free those who were doomed to die; 21 so that the name of the LORD may be declared in Zion, and his praise in Jerusalem, 22 when peoples gather together, and kingdoms, to worship the LORD.


He has broken my strength in midcourse; he has shortened my days. 24 “O my God,” I say, “do not take me away at the midpoint of my life, you whose years endure throughout all generations.”


Long ago you laid the foundation of the earth, and the heavens are the work of your hands. 26 They will perish, but you endure; they will all wear out like a garment. You change them like clothing, and they pass away; 27 but you are the same, and your years have no end. 28 The children of your servants shall live secure; their offspring shall be established in your presence.

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Ps 102 : Prayer for personal and national restoration.

One of the penitential psalms (see Ps 6n. ). An individual lament (vv. 1–11,23–28 ) framing a hymn about the hoped‐for rebuilding of Zion (Jerusalem) after the exile (vv. 12–22 ).

1–2 :

The psalmist's initial appeal in typical lament language.

3–8 :

The psalmist is beset with bodily disease, isolation, and abusive enemies.

9 :

Fasting and weeping are characteristic activities of lament; cf. Ps 42.3; 80.5 .

11–12 :

The transitory character of humankind (grass), contrasted with the eternity of God (see Ps 90.1–6n.).

13–16 :

The psalmist prays that God will rebuild Zion and that the divine glory will again appear there (Ezek 43.1–5 ); foreign kings will come to acknowledge the LORD'S supremacy (Isa 60.1–3; Jer 30.18 ).

19–20 :

God hears the groaning of the exiles (Ps 79.11 ), as he looks down from heaven (Ps 11.4–5; 14.2 ).

23–24 :

The psalmist prays that he not suffer premature death (Ps 55.23; 89.45 ).

25 :

Job 38.4; Ps 104.5; Prov 8.29; Isa 48.13 .

26–28 :

The eternity of God is contrasted with a human being's limited “immortality” through children (Ps 90.16 ).

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