Psalm 69

Save Me, O God

To the choirmaster: according to Lilies. Of David.

1 Save me, O God! For 1the waters have come up to my neck.a
2 I sink in deep 2mire, where there is no foothold; I have come into deep waters, and the flood 3sweeps over me.
3 4I am weary with my crying out; 5my throat is parched. 6My eyes grow dim with 7waiting for my God.
4 8More in number than the hairs of my head are 9those who hate me 10without cause; mighty are those who would destroy me, 11those who attack me with lies. What I did not steal must I now restore?
5 O God, you know my folly; the wrongs I have done are not hidden from you.
6 Let not those who hope in you 12be put to shame through me, O Lord GOD of hosts; let not those who seek you be brought to dishonor through me, O God of Israel.
7 For it is 13for your sake that I have borne reproach, that dishonor has covered my face.
8 I have become 14a stranger to my brothers, an alien to my mother's sons.
9 For 15zeal for your house has consumed me, and 16the reproaches of those who reproach you have fallen on me.
10 When I wept and humbledb my soul with fasting, it became my reproach.
11 When I made 17sackcloth my clothing, I became 18a byword to them.
12 I am the talk of those who 19sit in the gate, and the drunkards make 20songs about me.
13 But as for me, my 21prayer is to you, O LORD. At 22an acceptable time, O God, in the abundance of your steadfast love answer me in your saving faithfulness.
14 Deliver me from sinking in 23the mire; 24let me be delivered from my enemies and from 25the deep waters.
15 Let not the flood sweep over me, or the deep swallow me up, or 26the pit close 27its mouth over me.
16 Answer me, O LORD, for your 28steadfast love is good; according to your abundant 29mercy, 30turn to me.
17 31Hide not your face from your servant; 32for I am in distress; 33make haste to answer me.
18 Draw near to my soul, redeem me; ransom me because of my enemies!
19 You know my 34reproach, and my shame and my dishonor; my foes are all known to you.
20 35Reproaches have broken my heart, so that I am in 36despair. I 37looked for 38pity, but there was none, and for 39comforters, but I found none.
21 They gave me 40poison for food, and for my thirst they gave me 41sour wine to drink.
22 42Let their own 43table before them become a snare; 44and when they are at peace, let it become a trap.c
23 45Let their eyes be darkened, so that they cannot see, 46and make their loins tremble continually.
24 Pour out your indignation upon them, and let your burning anger overtake them.
25 47May their camp be a desolation; let no one dwell in their tents.
26 For they 48persecute him whom 49you have struck down, and they recount the pain of 50those you have wounded.
27 51Add to them punishment upon punishment; may they have no acquittal from you.d
28 Let them be 52blotted out of the book of the living; let them not be 53enrolled among the righteous.
29 But I am afflicted and in pain; let your salvation, O God, 54set me on high!
30 I will 55praise the name of God with a song; I will 56magnify him with 57thanksgiving.
31 This will 58please the LORD more than an ox or a bull 59with horns and hoofs.
32 When 60the humble see it they will be glad; you who seek God, 61let your hearts revive.
33 For the LORD hears the needy and 62does not despise his own people who are prisoners.
34 Let 63heaven and earth praise him, the seas and everything that moves in them.
35 For 64God will save Zion and build up the cities of Judah, and people shall dwell there and possess it;
36 65the offspring of his servants shall inherit it, and those who love his name shall dwell in it.
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