7 O Lord, you have enticed me,
and I was enticed;
you have overpowered me,
and you have prevailed.
I have become a laughing-stock all day long;
everyone mocks me.
8 For whenever I speak, I must cry out,
I must shout, Violence and destruction!
For the word of the Lord has become for me
a reproach and derision all day long.
9 If I say, I will not mention him,
or speak any more in his name,
then within me there is something like a burning fire
shut up in my bones;
I am weary with holding it in,
and I cannot.
The New Revised Standard Version (Anglicized Edition), copyright 1989, 1995 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
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