Amplified Bible

Psalm 102

Prayer of an Afflicted Man for Mercy on Himself and on Zion.

A Prayer of the afflicted; when he is overwhelmed and pours out his complaint to God.

1Hear my prayer, O Lord,
And let my cry for help come to You!

Do not hide Your face from me in the day of my distress!
Incline Your ear to me;
In the day when I call, answer me quickly.

For my days have vanished in smoke,
And my bones have been scorched like a hearth.

My heart has been struck like grass and withered,
Indeed, [absorbed by my heartache] I forget to eat my food.

Because of the sound of my groaning [in suffering and trouble]
My bones cling to my flesh.

I am like a [mournful] [a]vulture of the wilderness;
I am like a [desolate] owl of the wasteland.

I am sleepless and lie awake [mourning],
I have become like a lonely bird on a housetop.


My enemies taunt me all day long;
Those who ridicule me use my name as a curse.

For I have eaten ashes like bread,
And have mingled my drink with tears
10 
Because of Your indignation and Your wrath,
For You have lifted me up and thrown me away.
11 
My days are like an evening shadow that lengthens and vanishes [with the sun];
And as for me, I wither away like grass.

12 
But You, O Lord, are enthroned forever [ruling eternally as sovereign];
And [the fame and glory of] Your name [endures] to all generations.
13 
You will arise and have compassion on Zion,
For it is time to be gracious and show favor to her;
Yes, the appointed time [the moment designated] has come.
14 
For Your servants find [melancholy] pleasure in the stones [of her ruins]
And feel pity for her dust.
15 
So the nations will fear the name of the Lord,
And all the kings of the earth [will recognize] Your glory.
16 
For the Lord has built up Zion;
He has appeared in His glory and brilliance;
17 
He has regarded the prayer of the destitute,
And has not despised their prayer.

18 
Let this be recorded for the generation to come,
That a people yet to be created will praise the Lord.
19 
For He looked down from His holy height [of His sanctuary],
From heaven the Lord gazed on the earth,
20 
To hear the sighing of the prisoner,
To set free those who were doomed to death,
21 
So that people may declare the name of the Lord in Zion
And His praise in Jerusalem,
22 
When the peoples are gathered together,
And the kingdoms, to serve the Lord.

23 
He has exhausted my strength [humbling me with sorrow] in the way;
He has shortened my days.
24 
I said, “O my God, do not take me away in the midst of my days;
Your years are [eternal] throughout all generations.
25 
“At the beginning You founded the earth;
The heavens are the work of Your hands.
26 
“Even they will perish, but You endure;
Yes, all of them will wear out like a garment.
Like clothing You will change them and they shall be changed.
27 
“But You remain the same,
And Your years will never end.
28 
“The children of Your servants will continue,
And their descendants will be established before You.”

Notas al pie

  1. Psalm 102:6 Lit pelican, or some kind of desert bird.

New International Reader's Version

Psalm 102

Psalm 102

A prayer of a suffering person who has become weak. They pour out their problems to the Lord.

Lord, hear my prayer.
    Listen to my cry for help.
Don’t turn your face away from me
    when I’m in trouble.
Pay attention to me.
    When I call out for help, answer me quickly.

My days are disappearing like smoke.
    My body burns like glowing coals.
My strength has dried up like grass.
    I even forget to eat my food.
I groan out loud because of my suffering.
    I’m nothing but skin and bones.
I’m like a desert owl.
    I’m like an owl among destroyed buildings.
I can’t sleep. I’ve become
    like a bird alone on a roof.
All day long my enemies laugh at me.
    Those who make fun of me use my name as a curse.
I eat ashes as my food.
    My tears fall into what I’m drinking.
10 You were very angry with me.
    So you picked me up and threw me away.
11 The days of my life are like an evening shadow.
    I dry up like grass.

12 But Lord, you are seated on your throne forever.
    Your fame will continue for all time to come.
13 You will rise up and show deep concern for Zion.
    The time has come for you to help Zion.
14 The stones of your destroyed city are priceless to us.
    Even its dust brings deep concern to us.
15 The nations will worship the Lord.
    All the kings on earth will respect his glorious power.
16 The Lord will build Zion again.
    He will appear in his glory.
17 He will answer the prayer of those who don’t have anything.
    He won’t say no to their cry for help.

18 Let this be written down for those born after us.
    Then people who are not yet born can praise the Lord.
19 Here is what should be written.
    “The Lord looked down from his temple in heaven.
    From heaven he viewed the earth.
20 He heard the groans of the prisoners.
    He set free those who were sentenced to death.”
21 So people will talk about him in Zion.
    They will praise him in Jerusalem.
22 Nations and kingdoms
    will gather there to worship the Lord.

23 When I was still young, he took away my strength.
    He wasn’t going to let me live much longer.
24 So I said, “My God, don’t let me die in the middle of my life.
    You will live for all time to come.
25 In the beginning you made the earth secure.
    You placed it on its foundations.
    Your hands created the heavens.
26 They will pass away. But you will remain.
    They will all wear out like a piece of clothing.
You will make them like clothes
    that are taken off and thrown away.
27 But you remain the same.
    Your years will never end.
28 Our children will live with you.
    Their sons and daughters will be safe in your care.”