15: Lord you know:
remember me, and vindicate me
avenge me on my persecutors.
Be patient with me and do not put me off
See what reproaches I endure for your sake.
16: When I came on your words I devoured them;
they were joy and happiness to me,
for you, Lord of Hosts, have named me yours.
17: I have never kept company with revellers,
never made merry with them;
because I felt your hand upon me I have sat alone,
for you have filled me with indignation.
18: Why then in my pain unending,
and my wound desperate, past all healing?
You are to me like a brook that fails,
Whose waters are not to be relied on.
19: This was the Lords answer:
If you turn back to me, I shall take you back
And you will stand before me.
If you can separate the precious form the base,
You will be my spokesman.
This people may turn again to you,
But you are not to turn to them.
20: To withstand them I shall make you strong,
an un-scaled wall of bronze.
Though they attack you, they will not prevail,
For I am with you to save and deliver you, says the Lord;
21: I shall deliver you from the clutches of the wicked,
I shall rescue you from the grasp of the ruthless.