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Psalms 69

A Cry of Distress and Imprecation on Adversaries.

1 Save me, O God, For the 1waters have threatened * my life.
2 I have sunk in deep 2mire, and there is no foothold; I have come into deep waters, and a 3flood overflows me.
3 I am 4weary with my crying; my throat is parched; My 5eyes fail while I wait for my God.
4 Those 6who hate me without a cause are more than the hairs of my head; Those who would destroy me 7are powerful, being wrongfully my enemies; 8What I did not steal, I then have to restore.
5 O God, it is You who knows 9my folly, And 10my wrongs are not hidden from You.
6 May those who wait for You not 11be ashamed through me, O Lord GOD of hosts; May those who seek You not be dishonored through me, O God of Israel,
7 Because 12for Your sake I have borne reproach; 13Dishonor has covered my face.
8 I have become 14estranged from my brothers And 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 17in my soul with fasting, It became my reproach.
11 When I made 18sackcloth my clothing, I became 19a byword to them.
12 Those who 20sit in the gate talk about me, And I am the 21song of the drunkards *.
13 But as for me, my prayer is to You, O LORD, 22at an acceptable time; O God, in the 23greatness of Your lovingkindness, Answer me with Your saving truth.
14 Deliver me from the 24mire and do not let me sink; May I be 25delivered from my foes and from the 26deep waters.
15 May the 27flood of water not overflow me Nor the deep swallow me up, Nor the 28pit shut its mouth on me.
16 Answer me, O LORD, for 29Your lovingkindness is good; 30According to the greatness of Your compassion, 31turn to me,
17 And 32do not hide Your face from Your servant, For I am 33in distress; answer me quickly.
18 Oh draw near to my soul and 34redeem it; 35Ransom me because of my enemies!
19 You know my 36reproach and my shame and my dishonor; All my adversaries are before You.
20 Reproach has 37broken my heart and I am so sick. And 38I looked for sympathy, but there was none, And for 39comforters, but I found none.
21 They also gave me 40gall for my food And for my thirst they 41gave me vinegar to drink.
22 May 42their table before them become a snare; And 43when they are in peace, may it become a trap.
23 May their 44eyes grow dim so that they cannot see, And make their 45loins shake continually.
24 46Pour out Your indignation on them, And may Your burning anger overtake them.
25 May their 47camp be desolate; May none dwell in their tents.
26 For they have 48persecuted him whom 49You Yourself have smitten, And they tell of the pain of those whom 50You have wounded.
27 Add 51iniquity to their iniquity, And 52may they not come into 53Your righteousness.
28 May they be 54blotted out of the 55book of life And may they not be 56recorded with the righteous.
29 But I am 57afflicted and in pain; May Your salvation, O God, 58set me securely on high.
30 I will 59praise the name of God with song And 60magnify Him with 61thanksgiving.
31 And it will 62please the LORD better than an ox Or a young bull with horns and hoofs.
32 The 63humble have seen it and are glad; You who seek God, 64let your heart revive.
33 For 65the LORD hears the needy And 66does not despise His who are prisoners.
34 Let 67heaven and earth praise Him, The seas and 68everything that moves in them.
35 For God will 69save Zion and 70build the cities of Judah, That they may dwell there and 71possess it.
36 The 72descendants of His servants will inherit it, And those who love His name 73will dwell in it.

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Psalms 69 Commentary

Chapter 69

David complains of great distress. (1-12) And begs for succour. (13-21) He declares the judgments of God. (22-29) He concludes with joy and praise. (30-36)

Verses 1-12 We should frequently consider the person of the Sufferer here spoken of, and ask why, as well as what he suffered, that, meditating thereon, we may be more humbled for sin, and more convinced of our danger, so that we may feel more gratitude and love, constraining us to live to His glory who died for our salvation. Hence we learn, when in affliction, to commit the keeping of our souls to God, that we may not be soured with discontent, or sink into despair. David was hated wrongfully, but the words far more fully apply to Christ. In a world where unrighteousness reigns so much, we must not wonder if we meet with those that are our enemies wrongfully. Let us take care that we never do wrong; then if we receive wrong, we may the better bear it. By the satisfaction Christ made to God for our sin by his blood, he restored that which he took not away, he paid our debt, suffered for our offences. Even when we can plead Not guilty, as to men's unjust accusations, yet before God we must acknowledge ourselves to deserve all that is brought upon us. All our sins take rise from our foolishness. They are all done in God's sight. David complains of the unkindness of friends and relations. This was fulfilled in Christ, whose brethren did not believe on him, and who was forsaken by his disciples. Christ made satisfaction for us, not only by putting off the honours due to God, but by submitting to the greatest dishonours that could be done to any man. We need not be discouraged if our zeal for the truths, precepts, and worship of God, should provoke some, and cause others to mock our godly sorrow and deadness to the world.

Verses 13-21 Whatever deep waters of affliction or temptation we sink into, whatever floods of trouble or ungodly men seem ready to overwhelm us, let us persevere in prayer to our Lord to save us. The tokens of God's favour to us are enough to keep our spirits from sinking in the deepest outward troubles. If we think well of God, and continue to do so under the greatest hardships, we need not fear but he will do well for us. And if at any time we are called on to suffer reproach and shame, for Christ's sake, this may be our comfort, that he knows it. It bears hard on one that knows the worth of a good name, to be oppressed with a bad one; but when we consider what a favour it is to be accounted worthy to suffer shame for the name of Jesus, we shall see that there is no reason why it should be heart-breaking to us. The sufferings of Christ were here particularly foretold, which proves the Scripture to be the word of God; and how exactly these predictions were fulfilled in Jesus Christ, which proves him to be the true Messiah. The vinegar and the gall given to him, were a faint emblem of that bitter cup which he drank up, that we might drink the cup of salvation. We cannot expect too little from men, miserable comforters are they all; nor can we expect too much from the God of all comfort and consolation.

Verses 22-29 These are prophecies of the destruction of Christ's ( psalms 69:22-23 ) upon the unbelieving Jews, in ( romans 11:9 romans 11:10 ) . When the supports of life and delights of sense, through the corruption of our nature, are made the food and fuel of sin, then our table is a snare. Their sin was, that they would not see, but shut their eyes against the light, loving darkness rather; their punishment was, that they should not see, but should be given up to their own hearts' lusts which hardened them. Those who reject God's great salvation proffered to them, may justly fear that his indignation will be poured out upon them. If men will sin, the Lord will reckon for it. But those that have multiplied to sin, may yet find mercy, through the righteousness of the Mediator. God shuts not out any from that righteousness; the gospel excludes none who do not, by unbelief, shut themselves out. But those who are proud and self-willed, so that they will not come in to God's righteousness, shall have their doom accordingly; they themselves decide it. Let those not expect any benefit thereby, who are not glad to be beholden to it. It is better to be poor and sorrowful, with the blessing of the Lord, than rich and jovial, and under his curse. This may be applied to Christ. He was, when on earth, a man of sorrows that had not where to lay his head; but God exalted him. Let us call upon the Lord, and though poor and sorrowful, guilty and defiled, his salvation will set us up on high.

Verses 30-36 The psalmist concludes the psalm with holy joy and praise, which he began with complaints of his grief. It is a great comfort to us, that humble and thankful praises are more pleasing to God than the most costly, pompous sacrifices. The humble shall look to him, and be glad; those that seek him through Christ shall live and be comforted. God will do great things for the gospel church, in which let all who wish well to it rejoice. A seed shall serve him on earth, and his servants shall inherit his heavenly kingdom. Those that love his name shall dwell before him for ever. He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things? Arise, thou great Restorer of the ancient places to dwell in, and turn away ungodliness from thy people.

Cross References 73

  • 1. Job 22:11; Psalms 32:6; Psalms 42:7; Psalms 69:14, 15; Jonah 2:5
  • 2. Psalms 40:2
  • 3. Jonah 2:3
  • 4. Psalms 6:6
  • 5. Deuteronomy 28:32; Psalms 38:10; Psalms 119:82, 123; Isaiah 38:14
  • 6. Psalms 35:19; John 15:25
  • 7. Psalms 35:19; Psalms 38:19; Psalms 59:3
  • 8. Psalms 35:11; Jeremiah 15:10
  • 9. Psalms 38:5
  • 10. Psalms 44:21
  • 11. 2 Samuel 12:14
  • 12. Jeremiah 15:15
  • 13. Psalms 44:15; Isaiah 50:6; Jeremiah 51:51
  • 14. Job 19:13-15; Psalms 31:11; Psalms 38:11
  • 15. Psalms 119:139; John 2:17
  • 16. Psalms 89:41, 50; Romans 15:3
  • 17. Psalms 35:13
  • 18. 1 Kings 20:31; Psalms 35:13
  • 19. 1 Kings 9:7; Job 17:6; Psalms 44:14; Jeremiah 24:9
  • 20. Genesis 19:1; Ruth 4:1
  • 21. Job 30:9
  • 22. Psalms 32:6; Isaiah 49:8; 2 Corinthians 6:2
  • 23. Psalms 51:1
  • 24. Psalms 69:2
  • 25. Psalms 144:7
  • 26. Psalms 69:2
  • 27. Psalms 124:4, 5
  • 28. Numbers 16:33; Psalms 28:1; Psalms 141:7
  • 29. Psalms 63:3; Psalms 109:21
  • 30. Psalms 51:1; Psalms 106:45
  • 31. Psalms 25:16; Psalms 86:16
  • 32. Psalms 27:9; Psalms 102:2; Psalms 143:7
  • 33. Psalms 31:9; Psalms 66:14
  • 34. 2 Samuel 4:9; Psalms 26:11; Psalms 49:15
  • 35. Psalms 119:134
  • 36. Psalms 22:6; Psalms 31:11
  • 37. Jeremiah 23:9
  • 38. Psalms 142:4; Isaiah 63:5
  • 39. Job 16:2
  • 40. Deuteronomy 29:18
  • 41. Matthew 27:34, 48; Mark 15:23, 36; Luke 23:36; John 19:28-30
  • 42. Romans 11:9, 10
  • 43. 1 Thessalonians 5:3
  • 44. Isaiah 6:10
  • 45. Daniel 5:6
  • 46. Psalms 79:6; Jeremiah 10:25; Ezekiel 20:8; Hosea 5:10
  • 47. Matthew 23:38; Luke 13:35; Acts 1:20
  • 48. 2 Chronicles 28:9; Zechariah 1:15
  • 49. Isaiah 53:4
  • 50. Psalms 109:22
  • 51. Nehemiah 4:5; Psalms 109:14; Romans 1:28
  • 52. Isaiah 26:10
  • 53. Psalms 103:17
  • 54. Exodus 32:32, 33; Revelation 3:5
  • 55. Philippians 4:3; Revelation 13:8; Revelation 17:8; Revelation 20:15
  • 56. Psalms 87:6; Ezekiel 13:9; Luke 10:20; Hebrews 12:23
  • 57. Psalms 70:5
  • 58. Psalms 20:1; Psalms 59:1
  • 59. Psalms 28:7
  • 60. Psalms 34:3
  • 61. Psalms 50:14
  • 62. Psalms 50:13, 14; Psalms 51:16
  • 63. Psalms 34:2
  • 64. Psalms 22:26
  • 65. Psalms 12:5
  • 66. Psalms 68:6
  • 67. Psalms 96:11; Psalms 98:7; Psalms 148:1-13; Isaiah 44:23; Isaiah 49:13
  • 68. Isaiah 55:12
  • 69. Psalms 46:5; Psalms 51:18
  • 70. Psalms 147:2; Isaiah 44:26
  • 71. Obadiah 17
  • 72. Psalms 25:13; Psalms 102:28
  • 73. Psalms 37:29

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Psalms 69 Commentaries

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