None Upright Among Mankind
1Woe is me! For I am like gatherings of produce in summer, like gleanings of a vineyard. There is no cluster to eat, no first-ripe fig that I crave.
2The pious have perished from the land, there is none upright among mankind. All of them lie in wait for blood. A man hunts his brother with a net.
3Both hands are diligent at doing evil. The official and the judge ask for a bribe. The distinguished man utters a desire of his soul. Thus they weave it together.
4The best of them is like a prickly bush, the most upright like a thorn hedge. The day of your watchmen— of your visitation—is coming. Then their confusion will occur.
5Do not trust in a friend. Do not trust in a close companion. Guard the openings of your mouth from her who lies on your breast.
6For son treats father with contempt; daughter rises up against mother; daughter-in-law against mother-in-law: a man’s enemies are the people of his own house.
7But I—I will watch for Adonai. I will wait for the God of my salvation. My God will hear me.
8Do not rejoice over me, O my enemy. Though I have fallen—I will arise. Though I sit in darkness, Adonai is my light.
9I will bear the indignation of Adonai, because I have sinned against Him, until He pleads my cause, and executes judgment for me. He will bring me out to the light, and I will behold His righteousness.
10Then my enemy will see it, and shame will cover her— she who said to me: “Where is Adonai, your God?” My eyes will gaze at her— now she will be trampled like mud in streets.
11A day to rebuild your walls— a day the boundary will be far off,
12a day when they will come to you from Assyria to the cities of Egypt, from Egypt to the River, from sea to sea, and from mountain to mountain.
13Yet the land will become a wasteland because of her inhabitants, because of the fruit of their misdeeds.
14Tend Your people with Your staff, the flock of Your inheritance, dwelling alone, in a forest in the midst of a fertile garden. Let them feed in Bashan and Gilead, as in the days of old.
15As in the days of your coming out from the land of Egypt I will show him wonders.
16Nations will see and be put to shame despite all their might. They will put a hand on their mouth, their ears will be deaf.
17They will lick dust like a snake. Like crawling things of the land, they will come trembling out of their hiding places. To Adonai Eloheinu they will submit in awe—in awe of You.
He Will Again Have Compassion
18Who is a God like You pardoning iniquity, overlooking transgression, for the remnant of His heritage? He will not retain His anger forever, because He delights in mercy.
19He will again have compassion on us. He will subdue our iniquities, and You will cast all our sins into the depths of the sea.
20You will extend truth to Jacob, mercy to Abraham, that You swore to our ancestors from the days of old.