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Psalm 69 (Lexham English Bible)

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For the [music] director, according to [The] Lilies. Of David.

A Plea for Deliverance from Persecution

1 aSave me, O God, because waters have come up to [my] neck.b 2 I sink in [the] mud of the deep, and there is no foothold. I have come to watery depths, and [the] torrent floods over me. 3 I am weary with my calling [out]; my throat is parched. My eyes are exhausted [in my] waiting for my God. 4 More numerous than the hairs of my head are [those] hating me without a cause. [Those who are] destroying me--my enemies wrongfullyc-- are mighty. What I did not steal, I then must restore. 5 O God, {you yourself know}d my foolishness, and my guilty deeds are not hidden from you. 6 Let those who wait for you not be put to shame because of me, O Lord Yahweh [of] hosts. Let those who seek you not be disgraced because of me, O God of Israel. 7 Because on account of you I have borne reproach; disgrace has covered my face. 8 I have become a stranger to my brothers and a foreigner to my mother's sons, 9 because the zeal for your housee has consumed me, and the reproaches of those reproaching you have fallen on me. 10 When I wept in the fasting of my soul, it became reproaches for me. 11 When I made sackcloth my clothing, I became for them a byword. 12 Those sitting at [the] gate talk about me [as] alsof [the] songs of [the] drunkards. 13 But as for me, my prayer [is] to you, O Yahweh, for a favorable time, O God, according to the abundance of your loyal love. Answer me with the faithfulness of your salvation. 14 Deliver me from [the] mud and do not let me sink. Let me be delivered from [those who] hate me and from [the] watery depths. 15 Do not let the torrent of waters flood over me, or [the] deep swallow me, or the pit close its mouth over me. 16 Answer me, O Yahweh, because your loyal love [is] good; according to your abundant mercies, turn to me, 17 and do not hide your face from your servant. Because I am in trouble, answer me quickly. 18 Draw near to my soul; redeem it. Because of my enemies, ransom me. 19 You know my reproach, my shame and my disgrace. {Fully known}g to you are all my adversaries. 20 Reproach has broken my heart and I am sick. And I hoped for sympathy, but there was none, and for comforters, but I found none. 21 They also gave me gall for food,h and for my thirst they gave me vinegar to drink. 22 Let their table before them be a trap, and their [times of] peace a snare. 23 Let their eyes be dark so they cannot see, and make their loins continually tremble. 24 Pour out your indignation on them, and let your burning anger overtake them. 25 Let their camp be desolate. Let none dwell in their tents, 26 because they persecute [those] whom you, yourself, have struck, and they tell of the pain of [those] you have wounded. 27 {Add guilt on top of their guilt},i and do not let them {be acquitted}.j 28 Let them be blotted out of [the] book of [the] living, and let them not be recorded with [the] righteous. 29 But as for me, [though] I [am] afflicted and pained, your salvation will protectk me, O God. 30 I will praise the name of God in song, and magnify him with thanksgiving. 31 For Yahweh it will be better than an ox [or] bull, horned [and] hoofed.l 32 [The] afflicted will see [and] rejoice. O God seekers, let your heart revive,m 33 because Yahweh hears [the] needy and does not despise his [own who are] prisoners. 34 Let heavens and earth praise him, [the] seas and all that moves in them, 35 because God will save Zion and build the cities of Judah, that they may dwell there and possess it. 36 And the offspring of his servants will inherit it, and [those who] love his name will abide in it.
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