Psalm 102; Proverbs 17

Do Not Hide Your Face from Me

A Prayer of one afflicted, when he is xfaint and ypours out his complaint before the Lord.

102  zHear my prayer, O Lord;

let my cry acome to you!

bDo not hide your face from me

in cthe day of my distress!

dIncline your ear to me;

eanswer me speedily fin the day when I call!

For my days gpass away like smoke,

and my hbones burn like a furnace.

My heart is istruck down like grass and jhas withered;

I kforget to eat my bread.

Because of my loud groaning

my lbones cling to my flesh.

I am like ma desert owl of the wilderness,

like an owl1 of the waste places;

I nlie awake;

I am like a lonely sparrow on the housetop.

All the day my enemies taunt me;

those who oderide me puse my name for a curse.

For I eat ashes like bread

and qmingle tears with my drink,

10  because of your indignation and anger;

for you have rtaken me up and sthrown me down.

11  My days are like tan evening shadow;

I jwither away like grass.

12  But you, O Lord, are uenthroned forever;

you vare remembered throughout all generations.

13  You will warise and have xpity on Zion;

it is the time to favor her;

ythe appointed time has come.

14  For your servants hold her zstones dear

and have pity on her dust.

15  Nations will afear the name of the Lord,

and all bthe kings of the earth will fear your glory.

16  For the Lord cbuilds up Zion;

he dappears in his glory;

17  he eregards the prayer of the destitute

and does not despise their prayer.

18  Let this be frecorded for ga generation to come,

so that ha people yet to be created may praise the Lord:

19  that he ilooked down from his holy height;

from heaven the Lord looked at the earth,

20  to hear jthe groans of the prisoners,

to set free kthose who were doomed to die,

21  that they may ldeclare in Zion the name of the Lord,

and in Jerusalem his praise,

22  when mpeoples gather together,

and kingdoms, to worship the Lord.

23  He has broken my strength in midcourse;

he nhas shortened my days.

24  O my God, oI say, take me not away

in the midst of my days

pyou whose years endure

throughout all generations!

25  qOf old you laid the foundation of the earth,

and rthe heavens are the work of your hands.

26  sThey will perish, but tyou will remain;

they will all wear out like a garment.

You will change them like a robe, and they will pass away,

27  but uyou are the same, and your years have no end.

28  vThe children of your servants wshall dwell secure;

xtheir offspring shall be established before you.


17  mBetter is a dry morsel with quiet

than a house full of feasting1 with strife.

A servant who deals wisely will rule over na son who acts shamefully

and owill share the inheritance as one of the brothers.

pThe crucible is for silver, and the furnace is for gold,

qand the Lord tests hearts.

An evildoer listens to wicked lips,

and a liar gives ear to a mischievous tongue.

Whoever mocks the poor rinsults his Maker;

he who is sglad at calamity will not go tunpunished.

uGrandchildren are vthe crown of the aged,

and the glory of children is their fathers.

Fine speech is not wbecoming to a fool;

still less is xfalse speech to a prince.

yA bribe is like a magic2 stone in the eyes of the one who gives it;

wherever he turns he prospers.

Whoever zcovers an offense seeks love,

but he who repeats a matter aseparates close friends.

10  A rebuke goes deeper into a man of understanding

than a hundred blows into a fool.

11  An evil man seeks only rebellion,

and ba cruel messenger will be sent against him.

12  Let a man meet ca she-bear robbed of her cubs

drather than a fool in his folly.

13  If anyone ereturns evil for good,

fevil will not depart from his house.

14  The beginning of strife is like letting out water,

so gquit before the quarrel breaks out.

15  He who hjustifies the wicked and he who icondemns the righteous

are both alike an abomination to the Lord.

16  Why should a fool have money in his hand jto buy wisdom

when he has no sense?

17  kA friend loves at all times,

and a brother is born for adversity.

18  One who lacks sense gives a pledge

and puts up security in the presence of his neighbor.

19  Whoever loves transgression loves strife;

he who lmakes his door high seeks destruction.

20  mA man of crooked heart does not discover good,

and one with a dishonest tongue falls into calamity.

21  He who nsires a fool gets himself sorrow,

and the father of a fool has no joy.

22  oA joyful heart is good medicine,

but a crushed spirit pdries up the bones.

23  The wicked accepts qa bribe in secret3

to rpervert the ways of justice.

24  sThe discerning sets his face toward wisdom,

but the eyes of a fool are on the ends of the earth.

25  nA foolish son is a grief to his father

tand bitterness to uher who bore him.

26  vTo impose a fine on a righteous man is not good,

nor to strike the noble for their uprightness.

27  Whoever wrestrains his words has knowledge,

and he who has a cool spirit is a man of understanding.

28  Even a fool xwho keeps silent is considered wise;

when he closes his lips, he is deemed intelligent.