Save me, O God, for the waters1 have come up to my neck.22
I sink in the miry depths,3 where there is no foothold. I have come into the deep waters; the floods engulf me.
I am worn out calling for help;4 my throat is parched. My eyes fail,5 looking for my God.
Those who hate me6 without reason7 outnumber the hairs of my head; many are my enemies without cause,8 those who seek to destroy me.9 I am forced to restore what I did not steal.
You know my folly,10 O God; my guilt is not hidden from you.116
May those who hope in you not be disgraced because of me, O Lord, the LORD Almighty; may those who seek you not be put to shame because of me, O God of Israel.
For I endure scorn12 for your sake,13 and shame covers my face.148
I am a stranger to my brothers, an alien to my own mother's sons;159
for zeal for your house consumes me,16 and the insults of those who insult you fall on me.1710
When I weep and fast,18 I must endure scorn;
when I put on sackcloth,19 people make sport of me.
Those who sit at the gate20 mock me, and I am the song of the drunkards.2113
But I pray to you, O LORD, in the time of your favor;22 in your great love,23 O God, answer me with your sure salvation.
Rescue me from the mire, do not let me sink; deliver me from those who hate me, from the deep waters.2415
Do not let the floodwaters25 engulf me or the depths swallow me up26 or the pit close its mouth over me.2716
Answer me, O LORD, out of the goodness of your love;28 in your great mercy turn to me.
Do not hide your face29 from your servant; answer me quickly,30 for I am in trouble.3118
Come near and rescue me; redeem32 me because of my foes.
You know how I am scorned,33 disgraced and shamed; all my enemies are before you.
Scorn has broken my heart and has left me helpless; I looked for sympathy, but there was none, for comforters,34 but I found none.3521
They put gall in my food and gave me vinegar36 for my thirst.3722
May the table set before them become a snare; may it become retribution anda a trap.3823
May their eyes be darkened so they cannot see, and their backs be bent forever.3924
Pour out your wrath40 on them; let your fierce anger overtake them.
May their place be deserted;41 let there be no one to dwell in their tents.4226
For they persecute those you wound and talk about the pain of those you hurt.4327
Charge them with crime upon crime;44 do not let them share in your salvation.4528
May they be blotted out of the book of life46 and not be listed with the righteous.4729
I am in pain and distress; may your salvation, O God, protect me.4830
I will praise God's name in song49 and glorify him50 with thanksgiving.
This will please the LORD more than an ox, more than a bull with its horns and hoofs.5132
The poor will see and be glad52-- you who seek God, may your hearts live!5333
The LORD hears the needy54 and does not despise his captive people.
Let heaven and earth praise him, the seas and all that move in them,5535
for God will save Zion56 and rebuild the cities of Judah.57 Then people will settle there and possess it;
the children of his servants will inherit it,58 and those who love his name will dwell there.59