Psalms 69:1-4

For the director of music. To the tune of “Lilies.” Of David.

1 [a]Save me, O God, for the waters have come up to my neck.
2 I sink in the miry depths, where there is no foothold. I have come into the deep waters; the floods engulf me.
3 I am worn out calling for help; my throat is parched. My eyes fail, looking for my God.
4 Those who hate me without reason outnumber the hairs of my head; many are my enemies without cause, those who seek to destroy me. I am forced to restore what I did not steal.

Psalms 69:1-4 Meaning and Commentary

Psalms 69:1-4 In-Context

1 Save me, O God, for the waters have come up to my neck.
2 I sink in the miry depths, where there is no foothold. I have come into the deep waters; the floods engulf me.
3 I am worn out calling for help; my throat is parched. My eyes fail, looking for my God.
4 Those who hate me without reason outnumber the hairs of my head; many are my enemies without cause, those who seek to destroy me. I am forced to restore what I did not steal.
5 You, God, know my folly; my guilt is not hidden from you.
6 Lord, the LORD Almighty, may those who hope in you not be disgraced because of me; God of Israel, may those who seek you not be put to shame because of me.
7 For I endure scorn for your sake, and shame covers my face.
8 I am a foreigner to my own family, a stranger to my own mother’s children;

Cross References 9

  • 1. S Psalms 42:7
  • 2. Psalms 32:6; John 2:5
  • 3. S Job 30:19; Psalms 40:2
  • 4. Psalms 6:6
  • 5. Psalms 119:82; Isaiah 38:14
  • 6. S Psalms 25:19
  • 7. John 15:25*
  • 8. S Psalms 35:19; Psalms 38:19
  • 9. Psalms 40:14; Psalms 119:95; Isaiah 32:7

Footnotes 1

  • [a]. In Hebrew texts 69:1-36 is numbered 69:2-37.