8 For because of you, I have endured reproach; confusion has covered my face.
9 I have become a stranger to my brothers and a sojourner to the sons of my mother.
10 For zeal for your house has consumed me, and the reproaches of those who reproached you have fallen upon me.
11 And I covered my soul with fasting, and it has become a reproach to me.
12 And I put on a haircloth as my garment, and I became a parable to them.
13 Those who sat at the gate spoke against me, and those who drank wine made me their song.
14 But as for me, truly, my prayer is to you, O Lord. This time has pleased you well, O God. In the multitude of your mercy, in the truth of your salvation, hear me.
15 Rescue me from the quagmire, so that I may not become trapped. Free me from those who hate me and from deep waters.
16 Do not allow the tempest of water to submerge me, nor the deep to absorb me. And do not allow the well to close in on me.
17 Hear me, O Lord, for your mercy is kind. Look upon me, according to the fullness of your compassion.
18 And do not turn your face away from your servant, for I am in trouble: heed me quickly.
19 Attend to my soul, and free it. Rescue me, because of my enemies.
20 You know my reproach, and my confusion, and my reverence.
21 All those who trouble me are in your sight; my heart has anticipated reproach and misery. And I sought for one who might grieve together with me, but there was no one, and for one who might console me, and I found no one.
22 And they gave me gall for my food. And in my thirst, they gave me vinegar to drink.
23 Let their table be a snare before them, and a retribution, and a scandal.
24 Let their eyes be darkened, so that they may not see, and may their back always be crooked.
25 Pour out your indignation upon them, and may the fury of your anger take hold of them.
26 May their dwelling place be deserted, and may there be no one who dwells in their tabernacles.
27 For they persecuted whomever you struck. And they have added to the grief of my wounds.
28 Assign an iniquity upon their iniquity, and may they not enter into your justice.
29 Delete them from the Book of the Living, and let them not be written down with the just.
30 I am poor and sorrowful, but your salvation, O God, has taken me up.
31 I will praise the name of God with a canticle, and I will magnify him with praise.
32 And it will please God more than a new calf producing horns and hoofs.
33 Let the poor see and rejoice. Seek God, and your soul will live.
34 For the Lord has heard the poor, and he has not despised his prisoners.
4 The Lord has given me a learned tongue, so that I would know how to uphold with a word, one who has weakened. He rises in the morning, he rises to my ear in the morning, so that I may heed him like a teacher.
5 The Lord God has opened my ear. And I do not contradict him. I have not turned back.
6 I have given my body to those who strike me, and my cheeks to those who plucked them. I have not averted my face from those who rebuked me and who spit on me.
7 The Lord God is my helper. Therefore, I have not been confounded. Therefore, I have set my face like a very hard rock, and I know that I will not be confounded.
8 He who justifies me is near. Who will speak against me? Let us stand together. Who is my adversary? Let him approach me.
9 Behold, the Lord God is my helper. Who is the one who would condemn me?
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