1 What misery is mine! ¶ I am like one who gathers summer fruit ¶ at the gleaning of the vineyard; ¶ there is no cluster of grapes to eat, ¶ none of the early figs that I crave.
2 The faithful have been swept from the land; not one upright person remains. ¶ Everyone lies in wait to shed blood; ¶ they hunt each other with nets.
3 Both hands are skilled in doing evil; the ruler demands gifts, ¶ the judge accepts bribes, ¶ the powerful dictate what they desire — ¶ they all conspire together.
4 The best of them is like a brier, the most upright worse than a thorn hedge. ¶ The day God visits you has come, ¶ the day your watchmen sound the alarm. ¶ Now is the time of your confusion.
5 Do not trust a neighbor; put no confidence in a friend. ¶ Even with the woman who lies in your embrace ¶ guard the words of your lips.
6 For a son dishonors his father, a daughter rises up against her mother, ¶ a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law — ¶ a man's enemies are the members of his own household.
7 But as for me, I watch in hope for the LORD, ¶ I wait for God my Savior; ¶ my God will hear me.
8 Do not gloat over me, my enemy! ¶ Though I have fallen, I will rise. ¶ Though I sit in darkness, ¶ the LORD will be my light.
9 Because I have sinned against him, I will bear the LORD's wrath, ¶ until he pleads my case ¶ and upholds my cause. ¶ He will bring me out into the light; ¶ I will see his righteousness.
10 Then my enemy will see it and will be covered with shame, ¶ she who said to me, ¶ "Where is the LORD your God?" ¶ My eyes will see her downfall; ¶ even now she will be trampled underfoot ¶ like mire in the streets.
11 The day for building your walls will come, ¶ the day for extending your boundaries.
12 In that day people will come to you from Assyria and the cities of Egypt, ¶ even from Egypt to the Euphrates ¶ and from sea to sea ¶ and from mountain to mountain.
13 The earth will become desolate because of its inhabitants, as the result of their deeds.
14 Shepherd your people with your staff, ¶ the flock of your inheritance, ¶ which lives by itself in a forest, ¶ in fertile pasturelands. [^1] Let them feed in Bashan and Gilead ¶ as in days long ago.
15 "As in the days when you came out of Egypt, ¶ I will show them my wonders."
16 Nations will see and be ashamed, ¶ deprived of all their power. ¶ They will put their hands over their mouths ¶ and their ears will become deaf.
17 They will lick dust like a snake, like creatures that crawl on the ground. ¶ They will come trembling out of their dens; ¶ they will turn in fear to the LORD our God ¶ and will be afraid of you.
18 Who is a God like you, who pardons sin and forgives the transgression ¶ of the remnant of his inheritance? ¶ You do not stay angry forever ¶ but delight to show mercy.
19 You will again have compassion on us; you will tread our sins underfoot ¶ and hurl all our iniquities into the depths of the sea.
20 You will be faithful to Jacob, and show love to Abraham, ¶ as you pledged on oath to our ancestors ¶ in days long ago.