1. Thy chastening is, as a mother of our infancy: -- her rebuke is merciful, in that Thou hast restrained, -- the children from folly, and they have been made wise! R., Glory be to thy justice!
2. Let us search out Thy justice; for who is sufficient -- to measure its help? since by it the wanton -- are oftentimes made chaste. --
3. Oftentimes Thy hand, O my Lord, has made the sick whole, -- for it is the healer in secret of their diseases, -- and the fount of their life.
4. Exceeding gently, the finger of Thy justice, -- in love and compassion, touches the wounds -- of him that is to be healed.
5. Exceeding mild and merciful, is her cutting to him that is wise: -- her sharp remedy, in its mighty love, -- consumes the corrupt part.
6. Exceeding welcome her wrath, to him that is discerning; -- but her remedies are hated, of the fool who has delight -- in the trouble of his limbs.
7. Exceeding eager is she, to bind the cut she has made; -- when she has smitten she pities, that from between these two -- she may breed healing.
8. Exceeding welcome her wrath, and her anger pleasant, -- and sweet her bitterness, sweetening bitter things -- that they may be made pleasant.
9. A cause of negligence is Thy indulgence to the careless; -- a cause of profit, is Thy rod among the slothful -- so that they become as traffickers.
10. The cause of our affliction, it is Thy justice; -- the cause of our carelessness, it is Thy graciousness, -- for our understanding has turned foolish.
11. Pharaoh hardened himself, because of Thy graciousness; -- for when the plagues were stayed, his cruelties waxed strong, -- and he lied to his promises.
12. Justice requited him, because he lied greatly against her, -- even Grace her freeborn sister; yea she restrained him again -- that he should not again provoke.
13. Rebuke, O my Lord, my guide, for it has been false as Egypt -- my prayers testify, that I am not as she, -- for Thy door have I not forsaken.
14. Let Thy cross, O my Lord, which stands, in my breaches that are open, -- repair again the breaches that are hidden; for instead of those without, -- those within have cleft me asunder!
15. A sea has broken through, and cast down, the watch tower wherein I had triumphed. -- Iniquity has dared to set up, a temple wherein I am shamed: its drink-offering chokes me.
16. My prayers on my walls, my persecutors have heard: -- the sun and his worshippers, are ashamed of their magicians, -- for I have triumphed by Thy cross.
17. All creatures cried out, when they saw the struggle, -- while Truth with falsehood, on my battered walls, fought and was crowned conqueror.
18. The force of Truth, chastised falsehood: -- in its chastisement it felt Truth, and through its own sins, it earned her victory.
19. I have great alarm; for since my deliverance, -- the honourable and mighty, who were devoted to my altar, have built in me high places.
20. My seven senses, O my Lord, even though they had been as fountains of tears, yet my tears were too little -- to lament our ruin.
21. The streets that were in sackcloth, and ashes cried out, -- disturbed by the play, akin to that which was, -- in the wilderness before the calf.
22. Poison seeks and wears, the beauty of lilies; -- and though their buds may conceal, and hidden disguise it, -- it blossoms in their bitter flowers.