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[1] Aleph. I am the man that see my poverty by the rod of his indignation. [2] Aleph. He hath led me, and brought me into darkness, and not into light. [3] Aleph. Only against me he hath turned, and turned again his hand all the day. [4] Beth. My skin and my flesh he hath made old, he hath broken my bones. [5] Beth. He hath built round about me, and he hath compassed me with gall and labour.

[6] Beth. He hath set me in dark places as those that are dead for ever. [7] Ghimel. He hath built against me round about, that I may not get out: he hath made my fetters heavy. [8] Ghimel. Yea, and when I cry, and entreat, he hath shut out my prayer. [9] Ghimel. He hath shut up my ways with square stones, he hath turned my paths upside down. [10] Daleth. He is become to me as a bear lying in wait: as a lion in secret places.

[11] Daleth. He hath turned aside my paths, and hath broken me in pieces, he hath made me desolate. [12] Daleth. He hath bent his bow, and set me as a mark for his arrows. [13] He. He hath shot into my reins the daughters of his quiver. [14] He. I am made a derision to all my people, their song all the day long. [15] He. He hath filled me with bitterness, he hath inebriated me with wormwood.

[16] Vau. And he hath broken my teeth one by one, he hath fed me with ashes. [17] Vau. And my soul is removed far off from peace, I have forgotten good things. [18] Vau. And I said: My end and my hope is perished from the Lord. [19] Zain. Remember my poverty, and transgression, the wormwood, and the gall. [20] Zain. I will be mindful and remember, and my soul shall languish within me.

[21] Zain. These things I shall think over in my heart, therefore will I hope. [22] Heth. The mercies of the Lord that we are not consumed: because his commiserations have not failed. [23] Heth. They are new every morning, great is thy faithfulness. [24] Heth. The Lord is my portion, said my soul: therefore will I wait for him. [25] Teth. The Lord is good to them that hope in him, to the soul that seeketh him.

[26] Teth. It is good to wait with silence for the salvation of God. [27] Teth. It is good for a man, when he hath borne the yoke from his youth. [28] Jod. He shall sit solitary, and hold his peace: because he hath taken it up upon himself. [29] Jod. He shall put his mouth in the dust, if so be there may be hope. [30] Jod. He shall give his cheek to him that striketh him, he shall be filled with reproaches.

[31] Caph. For the Lord will not cast off for ever. [32] Caph. For if he hath cast off, he will also have mercy, according to the multitude of his mercies. [33] Caph. For he hath not willingly afflicted, nor cast off the children of men. [34] Lamed. To crush under his feet all the prisoners of the land, [35] Lamed. To turn aside the judgment of a man before the face of the most High,

[36] Lamed. To destroy a man wrongfully in his judgment, the Lord hath not approved. [37] Mem. Who is he that hath commanded a thing to be done, when the Lord commandeth it not? [38] Mem. Shall not both evil and good proceed out of the mouth of the Highest? [39] Mem. Why hath a living man murmured, man suffering for his sins? [40] Nun. Let us search our ways, and seek, and return to the Lord.

[41] Nun. Let us lift up our hearts with our hands to the Lord in the heavens. [42] Nun. We have done wickedly, and provoked thee to wrath: therefore thou art inexorable. [43] Samech. Thou hast covered in thy wrath, and hast struck us: thou hast killed and hast not spared. [44] Samech. Thou hast set a cloud before thee, that our prayer may not pass through. [45] Samech. Thou hast made me as an outcast, and refuse in the midst of the people.

[46] Phe. All our enemies have opened their mouths against us. [47] Phe. Prophecy is become to us a fear, and a snare, and destruction. [48] Phe. My eye hath run down with streams of water, for the destruction of the daughter of my people. [49] Ain. My eye is afflicted, and hath not been quiet, because there was no rest: [50] Ain. Till the Lord regarded and looked down from the heavens.

[51] Ain. My eye hath wasted my soul because of all the daughters of my city. [52] Sade. My enemies have chased me and caught me like a bird, without cause. [53] Sade. My life is fallen into the pit, and they have laid a stone over me. [54] Sade. Waters have flowed over my head: I said: I am cut off. [55] Coph. I have called upon thy name, O Lord, from the lowest pit.

[56] Coph. Thou hast heard my voice: turn not away thy ear from my sighs, and cries. [57] Coph. Thou drewest near in the day, when I called upon thee, thou saidst: Fear not. [58] Res. Thou hast judged, O Lord, the cause of my soul, thou the Redeemer of my life. [59] Res. Thou hast seen, O Lord, their iniquity against me: judge thou my judgment. [60] Res. Thou hast seen all their fury, and all their thoughts against me.

[61] Sin. Thou hast heard their reproach, O Lord, all their imaginations against me. [62] Sin. The lips of them that rise up against me: and their devices against me all the day. [63] Sin. Behold their sitting down, and their rising up, I am their song. [64] Thau. Thou shalt render them a recompense, O Lord, according to the works of their hands. [65] Thau. Thou shalt give them a buckler of heart, thy labour.

[66] Thau. Thou shalt persecute them in anger, and shalt destroy them from under the heavens, O Lord.

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