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81My soul fainteth for thy salvation; but I hope in thy word. 82My eyes fail for thy word, saying, When wilt thou comfort me? 83 For I am become like a bottle in the smoke; yet do I not forget thy statutes.  84How many are the days of thy servant? when wilt thou execute judgement on them that persecute me? 85The proud have digged pits for me, which are not after thy law. 86All thy commandments are faithful; they persecute me wrongfully; help thou me. 87They had almost consumed me upon earth; but I forsook not thy precepts. 88Quicken me after thy lovingkindness; so shall I keep the testimony of thy mouth.

Oh, Lord! I am weary with waiting to see your word unfold on my behalf; but I have intentionally placed, and keep, my hope in your word, nevertheless.  My eyes fail; I can no longer see well and I drop my gaze; I ask you in the night watches when will your comfort arrive! Though my hope shrivels like a wineskin in the smoke, I do not let the remembrance of your truth disappear from my heart and mind.

Yet how long must I continue to wait? When will the day come when I see the Deceiver punished and his persecutions end? Those who do not live by your law, those full of self-pride, they lay traps for me and wait with sick glee for me to fall in. I am afraid. Yet I say that all your commands are true and worthy of my patience; I rest my trust in You. 

Therefore,help me!  I am being reviled and harmed without real cause; the real cause is their denial and rage at you.  They almost have done me in entirely, but I have not turned from you or your law.  I will to stand fast.

So in your unfailing love which I know to be true, preserve my life, that I may indeed stand firm against the rage and harm; and I will remain true to Your Name and I will see Your truth unfold for good.

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