Psalm 102
Affliction in light of Eternity
A prayer of a suffering person who is weak and pours out his lament before the Lord.102:0 Ps 142:2
1 Lord, hear my prayer;
let my cry for help come before you.102:1 Ps 18:6; 39:12; 61:1
2Do not hide your face from me in my day of trouble.
Listen closely to me;
answer me quickly when I call.102:2 Ps 27:9; 31:2; 69:17

3For my days vanish like smoke,
and my bones burn like a furnace.102:3 Jb 30:30; Ps 31:10; Lm 1:13
4My heart is suffering, withered like grass;102:4 Ps 37:2
I even forget to eat my food.102:4 Ezr 10:6; Jb 33:20
5Because of the sound of my groaning,
my flesh sticks to my bones.102:5 Jb 19:20; Lm 4:8
6I am like an eagle owl,
like a little owl among the ruins.102:6 Is 34:11; Zph 2:14
7I stay awake;102:7 Ps 77:4
I am like a solitary bird on a roof.
8My enemies taunt me all day long;
they ridicule and use my name as a curse.102:8 Ps 31:11; 69:19
9I eat ashes like bread
and mingle my drinks with tears102:9 Ps 42:3; 80:5
10because of your indignation and wrath;
for you have picked me up and thrown me aside.102:10 Jb 30:22
11My days are like a lengthening shadow,
and I wither away like grass.102:11 Jb 8:9; Ps 109:23

12But you, Lord, are enthroned forever;102:12 Ps 9:7; Lm 5:19
your fame endures to all generations.102:12 Ps 135:13
13You will rise up and have compassion on Zion,
for it is time to show favor to her —
the appointed time has come.102:13 Is 60:10; Zch 1:12
14For your servants take delight in its stones
and favor its dust.102:14 Neh 4:2; Lm 4:1

15Then the nations will fear the name of the Lord,
and all the kings of the earth your glory,102:15 Ps 138:4; Is 60:3
16for the Lord will rebuild Zion;
he will appear in his glory.102:16 Ps 147:2; Is 60:1–2
17He will pay attention to the prayer of the destitute
and will not despise their prayer.102:17 Ps 22:24

18This will be written for a later generation,
and a people who have not yet been created will praise the Lord:102:18 Dt 31:19; Ps 22:30–31; 78:6
19He looked down from his holy heights —
the Lord gazed out from heaven to earth102:19 Ps 14:2; 33:13; 53:2 —
20to hear a prisoner’s groaning,
to set free those condemned to die,102:20 Lit free sons of death102:20 Ps 79:11
21so that they might declare
the name of the Lord in Zion
and his praise in Jerusalem102:21 Ps 22:22
22when peoples and kingdoms are assembled
to serve the Lord.102:22 Ps 22:27; 86:9; Zch 8:20–23

23He has broken my102:23 Some Hb mss, LXX read his strength in midcourse;
he has shortened my days.102:23 Ps 39:5; 89:45
24I say, “My God, do not take me
in the middle of my life!102:24 Lit my days
Your years continue through all generations.102:24 Jb 36:26; Ps 90:2
25Long ago you established the earth,
and the heavens are the work of your hands.102:25 Neh 9:6; Ps 96:5; Heb 1:10–12
26They will perish, but you will endure;
all of them will wear out like clothing.
You will change them like a garment,
and they will pass away.102:26 Is 34:4; 51:6; Mt 24:35
27But you are the same,
and your years will never end.102:27 Mal 3:6; Jms 1:17
28Your servants’ children will dwell securely,
and their offspring will be established before you.”102:28 Ps 37:25; 69:36; 89:4; 112:2