9 Have mercy on me, Lord, for I am in trouble;
my eye is consumed with sorrow,
my soul and my body also.
10 For my life is wasted with grief,
and my years with sighing;
my strength fails me because of my affliction,
and my bones are consumed.
11 I have become a reproach to all my enemies
and even to my neighbours,
an object of dread to my acquaintances;
when they see me in the street they flee from me.
12 I am forgotten like one that is dead, out of mind;
I have become like a broken vessel.
13 For I have heard the whispering of the crowd;
fear is on every side;
they scheme together against me,
and plot to take my life.
14 But my trust is in you, O Lord.
I have said, You are my God.
15 My times are in your hand;
deliver me from the hand of my enemies,
and from those who persecute me.
16 Make your face to shine upon your servant,
and save me for your mercys sake.
17 Lord, let me not be confounded
for I have called upon you;
but let the wicked be put to shame;
let them be silent in the grave.
18 Let the lying lips be put to silence
that speak against the righteous
with arrogance, disdain and contempt.
The Common Worship psalter is © The Archbishops Council of the Church of England, 2000.
Common Worship texts are available at http://www.cofe.anglican.org/worship/liturgy/commonworship/
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