Hosea’s Lament

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To the tune of Psalm 22.

Oh Lord! How long must I wait? How kong will you leave me in dismay?

The one I love has turned against me. Her teeth rip into my skin. Hard sticks break my bones.


Lord, I am not innocent in your eyes. Who can stand before your perfect justice? Who can measure up to your standards of holiness?

But I have humbled myself before God and man — and woman! I have searched my heart and confessed my sins against those who have wronged me. I have repaid good for evil, and forgiven those who plotted against me.

Lord, look down with mercy upon your servant, who trusts in you. You alone are my hope and salvation. I am like one struck dumb. All my words are turned against me.

Save me O Lord. You are my only hope.