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Psalm 102 Contemporary English Version (CEV)

(A prayer for someone who hurts and needs to ask the Lord for help.)

A Prayer in Time of Trouble

102 I pray to you, Lord!
    Please listen.
    Don’t hide from me
    in my time of trouble.
Pay attention to my prayer
    and quickly give an answer.

My days disappear like smoke,
    and my bones are burning
    as though in a furnace.
I am wasting away like grass,
    and my appetite is gone.
My groaning never stops,
    and my bones can be seen
    through my skin.
I am like a lonely owl
    in the desert
    or a restless sparrow
    alone on a roof.

My enemies insult me all day,
    and they use my name
    for a curse word.
Instead of food,
I have ashes to eat
    and tears to drink,
10     because you are furious
    and have thrown me aside.
11 My life fades like a shadow
at the end of day
    and withers like grass.

12 Our Lord, you are King forever
    and will always be famous.
13 You will show pity to Zion
    because the time has come.
14 We, your servants,
    love each stone in the city,
    and we are sad to see them
    lying in the dirt.

15 Our Lord, the nations
    will honor you,
    and all kings on earth
    will praise your glory.
16 You will rebuild
    the city of Zion.
Your glory will be seen,
17     and the prayers of the homeless
    will be answered.

18 Future generations must also
praise the Lord,
    so write this for them:
19 “From his holy temple,
    the Lord looked down
    at the earth.
20 He listened to the groans
    of prisoners,
    and he rescued everyone
    who was doomed to die.”

21 All Jerusalem should praise
    you, our Lord,
22     when people from every nation
    meet to worship you.

23 I should still be strong,
    but you, Lord, have made
    an old person of me.
24 You will live forever!
Years mean nothing to you.
    Don’t cut my life in half!

25 In the beginning, Lord,
you laid the earth’s foundation
    and created the heavens.
26 They will all disappear
    and wear out like clothes.
You change them,
as you would a coat,
    but you last forever.
27 You are always the same.
    Years cannot change you.
28 Every generation of those
who serve you
    will live in your presence.

Psalm 102 New International Version (NIV)

Psalm 102[a]

A prayer of an afflicted person who has grown weak and pours out a lament before the Lord.

Hear my prayer, Lord;
    let my cry for help come to you.
Do not hide your face from me
    when I am in distress.
Turn your ear to me;
    when I call, answer me quickly.

For my days vanish like smoke;
    my bones burn like glowing embers.
My heart is blighted and withered like grass;
    I forget to eat my food.
In my distress I groan aloud
    and am reduced to skin and bones.
I am like a desert owl,
    like an owl among the ruins.
I lie awake; I have become
    like a bird alone on a roof.
All day long my enemies taunt me;
    those who rail against me use my name as a curse.
For I eat ashes as my food
    and mingle my drink with tears
10 because of your great wrath,
    for you have taken me up and thrown me aside.
11 My days are like the evening shadow;
    I wither away like grass.

12 But you, Lord, sit enthroned forever;
    your renown endures through all generations.
13 You will arise and have compassion on Zion,
    for it is time to show favor to her;
    the appointed time has come.
14 For her stones are dear to your servants;
    her very dust moves them to pity.
15 The nations will fear the name of the Lord,
    all the kings of the earth will revere your glory.
16 For the Lord will rebuild Zion
    and appear in his glory.
17 He will respond to the prayer of the destitute;
    he will not despise their plea.

18 Let this be written for a future generation,
    that a people not yet created may praise the Lord:
19 “The Lord looked down from his sanctuary on high,
    from heaven he viewed the earth,
20 to hear the groans of the prisoners
    and release those condemned to death.”
21 So the name of the Lord will be declared in Zion
    and his praise in Jerusalem
22 when the peoples and the kingdoms
    assemble to worship the Lord.

23 In the course of my life[b] he broke my strength;
    he cut short my days.
24 So I said:
“Do not take me away, my God, in the midst of my days;
    your years go on through all generations.
25 In the beginning you laid the foundations of the earth,
    and the heavens are the work of your hands.
26 They will perish, but you remain;
    they will all wear out like a garment.
Like clothing you will change them
    and they will be discarded.
27 But you remain the same,
    and your years will never end.
28 The children of your servants will live in your presence;
    their descendants will be established before you.”


  1. Psalm 102:1 In Hebrew texts 102:1-28 is numbered 102:2-29.
  2. Psalm 102:23 Or By his power
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