37Who can command and have it done, if the Lord has not ordained it? 38Is it not from the mouth of the Most High that good and bad come? 39Why should any who draw breath complain about the punishment of their sins?
40Let us test and examine our ways, and return to the LORD. 41Let us lift up our hearts as well as our hands to God in heaven. 42We have transgressed and rebelled, and you have not forgiven.
43You have wrapped yourself with anger and pursued us, killing without pity; 44you have wrapped yourself with a cloud so that no prayer can pass through. 45You have made us filth and rubbish among the peoples.
46All our enemies have opened their mouths against us; 47panic and pitfall have come upon us, devastation and destruction. 48My eyes flow with rivers of tears because of the destruction of my people.
49My eyes will flow without ceasing, without respite, 50until the LORD from heaven looks down and sees. 51My eyes cause me grief at the fate of all the young women in my city.
52Those who were my enemies without cause have hunted me like a bird; 53they flung me alive into a pit and hurled stones on me; 54water closed over my head; I said, “I am lost.”
55I called on your name, O LORD, from the depths of the pit; 56you heard my plea, “Do not close your ear to my cry for help, but give me relief!” 57You came near when I called on you; you said, “Do not fear!”
58You have taken up my cause, O Lord, you have redeemed my life.