Like a servant 1 longing for the evening shadow, 2 and like a hired man looking 3 for his wages, 4
Do not long for the cover of night to drag people away from their homes. 1
I open my mouth and pant, because I long 1 for your commands.
Listen to this, you who trample 1 the needy, and do away with 2 the destitute in the land.
The hungry 1 eat up his harvest, 2 and take it even from behind the thorns, 3 and the thirsty 4 swallow up 5 their fortune. 6
Those who anticipate my defeat 1 attack me all day long. Indeed, 2 many are fighting against me, O Exalted One. 3
May he send help from heaven and deliver me 1 from my enemies who hurl insults! 2 (Selah) May God send his loyal love and faithfulness!
The sun rises 1 and the sun sets; 2 it hurries away 3 to a place from which it rises 4 again. 5
“I have been inactive 1 for a long time; I kept quiet and held back. Like a woman in labor I groan; I pant and gasp. 2
Wild donkeys stand on the hilltops and pant for breath like jackals. Their eyes are strained looking for food, because there is none to be found.” 1
You are like a wild female donkey brought up in the wilderness. In her lust she sniffs the wind to get the scent of a male. 1 No one can hold her back when she is in heat. None of the males need wear themselves out chasing after her. At mating time she is easy to find. 2
For the music director; according to the yonath-elem-rechovim style; 2 a prayer 3 of David, written when the Philistines captured him in Gath. 4 Have mercy on me, O God, for men are attacking me! 5 All day long hostile enemies 6 are tormenting me. 7
So prophesy and say: ‘This is what the sovereign Lord says: Surely because they have made you desolate and crushed you from all directions, so that you have become the property of the rest of the nations, and have become the subject of gossip 1 and slander among the people,
They trample 1 on the dirt-covered heads of the poor; 2 they push the destitute away. 3 A man and his father go to the same girl; 4 in this way they show disrespect 5 for my moral purity. 6