Sorrow for Israel’s Sins

  1Woe is me!
   For I am like those who gather summer fruits,
   Like those who glean vintage grapes;
   There is no cluster to eat
   Of the first-ripe fruit whichmy soul desires.
   2The faithful man has perished from the earth,
   And there is no one upright among men.
   They all lie in wait for blood;
   Every man hunts his brother with a net.
  3That they may successfully do evil with both hands—
   The prince asks for gifts,
   The judge seeks a bribe,
   And the great man utters his evil desire;
   So they scheme together.
   4The best of them islike a brier;
   The most upright is sharper than a thorn hedge;
   The day of your watchman and your punishment comes;
   Now shall be their perplexity.
  5Do not trust in a friend;
   Do not put your confidence in a companion;
   Guard the doors of your mouth
   From her who lies in your bosom.
   6For son dishonors father,
   Daughter rises against her mother,
   Daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law;
   A man’s enemies are the men of his own household.
   7Therefore I will look to the Lord;
   I will wait for the God of my salvation;
   My God will hear me.

Israel’s Confession and Comfort

  8Do not rejoice over me, my enemy;
   When I fall, I will arise;
   When I sit in darkness,
   The Lordwill be a light to me.
   9I will bear the indignation of the Lord,
   Because I have sinned against Him,
   Until He pleads my case
   And executes justice for me.
   He will bring me forth to the light;
   I will see His righteousness.
   10Then she who is my enemy will see,
   And shame will cover her who said to me,
   “Where is the Lord your God?”
   My eyes will see her;
   Now she will be trampled down
   Like mud in the streets.
  11In the day when your walls are to be built,
   In that day the decree shall go far and wide.
   12In that day they shall come to you
   From Assyria and the fortified cities,
   From the fortress to the River,
   From sea to sea,
   And mountain to mountain.
   13Yet the land shall be desolate
   Because of those who dwell in it,
   And for the fruit of their deeds.

God Will Forgive Israel

  14Shepherd Your people with Your staff,
   The flock of Your heritage,
   Who dwell solitarily in a woodland,
   In the midst of Carmel;
   Let them feed in Bashan and Gilead,
   As in days of old.
  15“As in the days when you came out of the land of Egypt,
   I will show them wonders.”
  16The nations shall see and be ashamed of all their might;
   They shall put their hand over their mouth;
   Their ears shall be deaf.
   17They shall lick the dust like a serpent;
   They shall crawl from their holes like snakes of the earth.
   They shall be afraid of the Lord our God,
   And shall fear because of You.
  18Who is a God like You,
   Pardoning iniquity
   And passing over the transgression of the remnant of His heritage?
  He does not retain His anger forever,
   Because He delights inmercy.
   19He will again have compassion on us,
   And will subdue our iniquities.
  You will cast all our sins
   Into the depths of the sea.
   20You will give truth to Jacob
   And mercy to Abraham,
   Which You have sworn to our fathers
   From days of old.