1. Woe is me! For I am like the gatherings of summer fruits, like the grape gleanings of the vintage. There is no cluster to eat; but my soul desires the first-ripe fruit.
2. The good man has perished from the earth, and there is none upright among men, for they all lie in wait for blood; each one hunts his brother with a net.
3. They use both hands diligently to do evil. The ruler asks for a bribe, and the judge for a reward; and the great man speaks the evil desire of his soul. Thus they weave it together.
4. The best of them is like a briar; the most upright is sharper than a hedge of thorns. The day of your watchmen and your punishment comes; now they shall be confused.
5. Put no trust in a friend; put no hope in a guide; keep the door of your mouth from her who lies in your bosom,
6. For the son dishonors the father; 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 household.
7. Therefore I will look to the LORD; I will wait for the God of my salvation. My God will hear me!
8. Rejoice not against me, O my enemy; for if I fall, I shall arise; for if I sit in darkness, the LORD shall be a light to me.
9. I 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, and I shall behold His righteousness.
10. Then my enemy shall see it; and shame shall cover her who said to me, “Where is the LORD your God?” My eyes shall behold her; now she shall be trampled like the mud of the streets.
11. In the day that your walls are to be built, in that day the decree shall go far and wide.
12. In that day people shall come even to you from Assyria, and from the fortified cities, and from the fortress even to the river, and from sea to sea, and from mountain to mountain.
13. But the land shall be wasted because of those who dwell in it, for the fruit of their doings.
14. Feed your people with your rod, the flock of your inheritance, who dwell alone in the woods, in the midst of Carmel; let them feed in Bashan and Gilead, as in the days of old.
15. “According to the days of your coming out of the land of Egypt I will show to them marvelous things.”
16. The nations shall see and be ashamed at all their might; they shall lay their hand on their mouths; their ears shall be deaf.
17. They shall lick the dust like a snake; they shall move out of their holes like worms of the earth. They shall be afraid of the LORD our God, and shall fear because of You.
18. Who is a God like You, Who pardons iniquity and passes over the transgression of the remnant of His heritage? He does not keep His anger forever because He delights in mercy.
19. He will turn again; He will have compassion upon us. He will subdue our iniquities. Yea, You will cast all their sins into the depths of the sea.
20. You will perform the truth to Jacob, and mercy to Abraham, which You have sworn to our fathers from the days of old.
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