1But now they that are younger than I have me in derision, whose avot I would have disdained to have set with the dogs of my tzon. 2Yea, what use was the koach of their hands to me, since their vigor hath perished? 3For choser (want, lack) and hunger they gnawed the parched ground desolate and waste. 4They cut up mallow plants by the bushes, and juniper roots for their lechem. 5They were banished from among men, (they shouted after them as after a ganav); 6To dwell in the clefts of the wadis, in holes of aphar, and in the rocks. 7Among the bushes they brayed; tachat (under) the underbrush they were huddled together. 8They were bnei naval, yea, sons of base men; they were driven forth out of ha'aretz. 9And atah (now) am I their mocking song, yea, I am their byword. 10They abhor me, they flee far from me, and spare not rok (spit) in my face [Mt 26:67]. 11Because He hath loosed my bowstring, and afflicted me, they have also let loose the resen (bridle) before me. 12Upon my yamin (right hand) rise up the rabble; they push away my feet, and they raise up against me the ways of their destruction. 13They break up my road, they set forward my overthrow, they have no ozer (helper). 14They approach me as through a wide breach; in the shoah (desolation, Holocaust), they rolled themselves upon me. 15Ballahot (terrors) are turned upon me; they pursue my dignity like the ruach, and my safety passeth away like a cloud. 16And now my nefesh ebbs away from me; the yemei oni have taken hold upon me. 17My atzmot are pierced in me in the night, and my gnawing pains take no rest. 18By great koach is my garment disfigured; it bindeth me about like the collar of my kuttonet (chiton, robe). 19He hath cast me into the chomer, and I am become like aphar and ashes. 20I cry unto Thee, and Thou dost answer me lo (not); I stand up, and Thou regardest me not. 21Thou art become cruel to me; with Thy strong yad Thou opposest Thyself against me. 22Thou liftest me up to the ruach; Thou causest me to drive along, and vanish in the roaring of the storm. 23For I know that Thou wilt bring me down to mavet, to the bais mo'ed l'khol chai. 24Yet will not one stretch out his yad in a heap of ruin, or cry out for help in his disaster. 25Did not I weep for him that was in trouble? Was not my nefesh grieved for the evyon (needy)? 26When I looked for tov, then rah came unto me; and when I waited for ohr, there came ofel (darkness). 27My bowels boiled, and rested not; yemei oni met me. 28I went mourning without the sun; I stood up, and I cried out in the kahal. 29I am an ach to jackals, and a re'a to owls. 30My ohr (skin) grows black upon me, and my atzmot are burned with fever. 31My kinnor (harp) also is turned to evel (mourning), and my flute into the voice of them that weep.