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1Woe is me! For I have become

as when the summer fruit has been gathered,

as when the vintage has been gleaned:

there is no cluster to eat,

no first-ripe fig which my soul desires.

2The godly man has perished from the earth,

and there is none upright among men;

they all lie in wait for blood,

and each hunts his brother with a net.

3Their hands are upon what is evil, to do it diligently;

the prince and the judge ask for a bribe,

and the great man utters the evil desire of his soul;

thus they weave it together.

4The best of them is like a brier,

the most upright of them a thorn hedge.

The day of their watchmen, of their punishment, has come;

now their confusion is at hand.

5Put no trust in a neighbor,

have no confidence in a friend;

guard the doors of your mouth

from her who lies in your bosom;

6for the son treats the father with contempt,

the daughter rises up against her mother,

the daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law;

a man’s enemies are the men of his own house.

7But as for me, I will look to the Lord,

I will wait for the God of my salvation;

my God will hear me.

8Rejoice not over me, O my enemy;

when I fall, I shall rise;

when I sit in darkness,

the Lord will be a light to me.

9I will bear the indignation of the Lord

because I have sinned against him,

until he pleads my cause

and executes judgment for me.

He will bring me forth to the light;

I shall behold his deliverance.

10Then my enemy will see,

and shame will cover her who said to me,

“Where is the Lord your God?”

My eyes will gloat over her;

now she will be trodden down

like the mire of the streets.

11A day for the building of your walls!

In that day the boundary shall be far extended.

12In that day they will come to you,

from Assyria to Egypt,

and from Egypt to the River,

from sea to sea and from mountain to mountain.

13But the earth will be desolate

because of its inhabitants,

for the fruit of their doings.

14Shepherd thy people with thy staff,

the flock of thy inheritance,

who dwell alone in a forest

in the midst of a garden land;

let them feed in Bashan and Gilead

as in the days of old.

15As in the days when you came out of the land of Egypt

I will show them marvelous things.

16The nations shall see and be ashamed of all their might;

they shall lay their hands on their mouths;

their ears shall be deaf;

17they shall lick the dust like a serpent,

like the crawling things of the earth;

they shall come trembling out of their strongholds,

they shall turn in dread to the Lord our God,

and they shall fear because of thee.

18Who is a God like thee, pardoning iniquity

and passing over transgression

for the remnant of his inheritance?

He does not retain his anger for ever

because he delights in steadfast love.

19He will again have compassion upon us,

he will tread our iniquities under foot.

Thou wilt cast all our sins

into the depths of the sea.

20Thou wilt show faithfulness to Jacob

and steadfast love to Abraham,

as thou hast sworn to our fathers

from the days of old.

Revised Standard Version of the Bible, copyright © 1946, 1952, and 1971 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America.
Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.

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