5 You will lead me out of this snare, which they have hidden for me. For you are my protector.
6 Into your hands, I commend my spirit. You have redeemed me, O Lord, God of truth.
7 You have hated those who practice emptiness to no purpose. But I have hoped in the Lord.
8 I will exult and rejoice in your mercy. For you have looked upon my humility; you have saved my soul from needfulness.
9 And you have not enclosed me in the hands of the enemy. You have set my feet in a spacious place.
10 Have mercy on me, Lord, for I am troubled. My eye has been disturbed by wrath, along with my soul and my gut.
11 For my life has fallen into sorrow, and my years into sighing. My virtue has been weakened in poverty, and my bones have been disturbed.
12 I have become a disgrace among all my enemies, and even more so to my neighbors, and a dread to my acquaintances. Those who catch sight of me, flee away from me.
13 I have become forgotten, like one dead to the heart. I have become like a damaged utensil.
14 For I have heard the harsh criticism of many who linger in the area. While assembled together against me in that place, they deliberated on how to take away my life.
15 But I have hoped in you, O Lord. I said, "You are my God."
16 My fate is in your hands. Rescue me from the hand of my enemies and from those who are persecuting me.
18 And they said: "Come, and let us devise a plan against Jeremiah. For the law will not perish from the priest, nor counsel from the wise, nor a sermon from the prophet. Come, and let us strike him with the tongue, and let us pay no attention to any of his words."
19 Attend to me, O Lord, and hear the voice of my adversaries.
20 Should evil be rendered for good? For they have dug a pit for my soul! Remember that I have stood in your sight, so as to speak on their behalf for good, and to avert your indignation from them.
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