Hope through God’s Mercy
א Alef
1I am the man who has seen affliction
under the rod of God’s wrath.
2He has driven me away and forced me to walk
in darkness instead of light. #Jb 12:25Am 5:18
3Yes, He repeatedly turns His hand
against me all day long.
ב Bet
4He has worn away my flesh and skin; #Jb 13:28Ps 32:3|NoBook| 38:3|NoBook| 49:14Mc 3:1-3
He has shattered my bones. #Ps 51:8Is 38:13
5He has laid siege against me, #Jb 19:8
encircling me with bitterness and hardship. #Lm 3:19
6He has made me dwell in darkness
like those who have been dead for ages. #Jb 10:20-22Ps 88:6|NoBook| 143:3
ג Gimel
7He has walled me in so I cannot escape; #Jb 19:8
He has weighed me down with chains.
8Even when I cry out and plead for help,
He rejects my prayer. #Jb 30:20Ps 22:2Is 59:2Lm 3:44
9He has walled in my ways with cut stones; #Jb 13:27|NoBook| 23:12Is 63:17Hs 2:6
He has made my paths crooked. #Jb 19:8Ps 23:3Pr 2:15|NoBook| 3:6|NoBook| 4:11
ד Dalet
10He is # Lit is to me a bear waiting in ambush,
a lion in hiding. #Hs 13:7-8
11He forced me off my way and tore me to pieces;
He left me desolate.
12He strung His bow #Ps 7:12Lm 2:4
and set me as the target for His arrow.
ה He
13He pierced my kidneys
with His arrows. #Jb 16:13Pr 7:23
14I am a laughingstock #Jb 12:4Jr 20:7Lm 1:7 to all my people, # Some Hb mss, LXX, Vg; other Hb mss, Syr read all peoples
mocked by their songs #Jb 30:9Ps 69:12 all day long.
15He filled me with bitterness,
satiated me with wormwood. #Jr 9:15|NoBook| 23:15
ו Vav
16He ground my teeth on gravel #Ps 3:7|NoBook| 58:6Pr 20:17
and made me cower # Or and trampled me in the dust.
17My soul has been deprived # Syr, Vg; MT reads You deprived my soul of peace; #Ps 88:15Lm 3:31
I have forgotten what happiness is.
18Then I thought: My future # Or splendor is lost,
as well as my hope from the Lord.
ז Zayin
19Remember # Or I remember my affliction and my homelessness, #Is 58:7Lm 1:7
the wormwood and the poison. #Dt 29:18Jr 9:15|NoBook| 23:15
20I continually remember them
and have become depressed. # Ancient Jewish tradition reads and You cause me to collapse #Ps 42:5-6|NoBook| 43:5|NoBook| 44:25
21Yet I call this to mind,
and therefore I have hope: #Jb 13:15Ps 33:22|NoBook| 71:14|NoBook| 130:5Mc 7:7
ח Khet
22Because of the Lord’s faithful love #Ps 89:1|NoBook| 103:17Is 63:7
we do not perish, # One Hb mss, Syr, Tg read The Lord’s faithful love, indeed, does not perish
for His mercies never end.
23They are new every morning;
great is Your faithfulness! #Ps 36:589:1-8|NoBook| 100:5
24I say: The Lord is my portion, #Nm 18:20Ps 73:26|NoBook| 142:5Jr 10:16
therefore I will put my hope in Him.
ט Tet
25The Lord is good to those who wait #Ps 25:3Is 40:31|NoBook| 49:23 for Him,
to the person who seeks Him.
26It is good to wait quietly #Ps 37:7|NoBook| 130:51Th 5:102Tm 4:82Pt 3:14
for deliverance from the Lord. #Ps 37:39|NoBook| 119:81Is 46:13
27It is good for a man to bear the yoke #Jr 27:11Lm 1:14
while he is still young.
י Yod
28Let him sit alone and be silent, #Jr 15:17
for God has disciplined him.
29Let him put his mouth in the dust #Nm 22:31Jos 7:61Sm 25:23
perhaps there is still hope.
30Let him offer his cheek
to the one who would strike him; #Is 50:6Mt 5:39Lk 6:29
let him be filled with shame.
כ Kaf
31For the Lord
will not reject us forever.
32Even if He causes suffering,
He will show compassion
according to His abundant, faithful love. #Ps 106:43-45Ac 14:222Co 4:17Heb 12:6
33For He does not enjoy bringing affliction #Heb 12:10-11
or suffering on mankind.
ל Lamed
34Crushing all the prisoners of the land # Or earth
beneath one’s feet,
35denying justice to a man #Ex 23:6Dt 16:19|NoBook| 24:17Mal 3:5
in the presence of the Most High,
36or suppressing a person’s lawsuit #Ex 23:2-3
the Lord does not approve of these things.
מ Mem
37Who is there who speaks and it happens,
unless the Lord has ordained it? #Ps 33:9-11
38Do not both adversity and good
come from the mouth of the Most High? #Gn 50:201Sm 16:14Jb 2:10Ps 78:49Is 45:7Jr 1:14|NoBook| 32:42Am 3:6
39Why should any living person complain,
any man, because of the punishment for his sins?
נ Nun
40Let us search out and examine our ways,
and turn back to the Lord. #Ps 119:5139:23-24
41Let us lift up our hearts and our hands #Ps 25:1
to God in heaven:
42We have sinned and rebelled;
You have not forgiven. #Dt 29:202Kg 24:4Jr 5:7
ס Samek
43You have covered Yourself in anger and pursued us;
You have killed without compassion. #Lm 2:2Ezk 7:8-9|NoBook| 8:18
44You have covered Yourself with a cloud
so that no prayer can pass through. #Lm 3:8
45You have made us disgusting filth
among the peoples. #1Co 4:13
פ Pe
46All our enemies
open their mouths against us. #Lm 2:16
47We have experienced panic and pitfall, #Is 24:17Jr 48:43
devastation and destruction.
48My eyes flow with streams of tears
because of the destruction of my dear people.
ע Ayin
49My eyes overflow unceasingly,
without end, #Jr 9:1Lm 1:16|NoBook| 2:11
50until the Lord looks down
from heaven and sees. #Ps 14:2|NoBook| 102:19
51My eyes bring me grief
because of the fate of all the women in my city.
צ Tsade
52For no apparent reason, my enemies # Or Those who were my enemies for no reason
hunted me like a bird. #Ps 35:7
53They dropped me alive into # Or They ended my life in ; Hb obscure a pit #Gn 37:20-29Jr 38:6-13
and threw stones at me.
54Water flooded over my head, #Ps 42:769:1-2Jnh 2:3
and I thought: I’m going to die! #Ezk 37:11
ק Qof
55I called on Your name, Yahweh,
from the depths of the Pit. #Ps 88:6Jnh 2:6
56You hear my plea:
Do not ignore my cry for relief.
57You come near when I call on You;
You say: “Do not be afraid.”
ר Resh
58You defend my cause, Lord; #Ps 43:1Pr 23:11Jr 50:34
You redeem my life. #Ps 103:4|NoBook| 119:154
59Lord, You see the wrong done to me;
judge my case.
60You see all their malice,
all their plots against me. #Jr 11:19
ׂש Sin / ׁש Shin
61Lord, You hear their insults, #Lm 5:1
all their plots against me.
62The slander # Lit lips and murmuring of my opponents
attack me all day long.
63When they sit and when they rise, look,
I am mocked by their songs. #Jb 30:9Ps 69:12Lm 3:14
ת Tav
64You will pay them back what they deserve, Lord,
according to the work of their hands. #Ps 28:4Rm 2:6Rv 20:12-13
65You will give them a heart filled with anguish. # Or them an obstinate heart ; Hb obscure #Is 6:10
May Your curse be on them!
66You will pursue them in anger and destroy them
under Your heavens. # LXX, Syr, Vg read heavens, Lord # Lit under the Lord’s heavens #Ps 8:3
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