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Psalm 69

An Urgent Plea for Help in Trouble

To the Chief Musician. Set to 1“The Lilies.” A Psalm of David.

1 Save me, O God! For athe waters have come up to my 2neck.

2 bI sink in deep mire,

Where there is no standing;

I have come into deep waters,

Where the floods overflow me.

3 cI am weary with my crying;

My throat is dry;

dMy eyes fail while I wait for my God.

4 Those who ehate me without a cause

Are more than the hairs of my head;

They are mighty who would destroy me,

Being my enemies wrongfully;

Though I have stolen nothing,

I still must restore it.

5 O God, You know my foolishness;

And my sins are not hidden from You.

6 Let not those who 3wait for You, O Lord God of hosts, be ashamed because of me;

Let not those who seek You be 4confounded because of me, O God of Israel.

7 Because for Your sake I have borne reproach;

Shame has covered my face.

8 fI have become a stranger to my brothers,

And an alien to my mother’s children;

9 gBecause zeal for Your house has eaten me up,

hAnd the reproaches of those who reproach You have fallen on me.

10 When I wept and chastened my soul with fasting,

That became my reproach.

11 I also 5made sackcloth my garment;

I became a byword to them.

12 Those who 6sit in the gate speak against me,

And I am the song of the idrunkards.

13 But as for me, my prayer is to You,

O Lord, in the acceptable time;

O God, in the multitude of Your mercy,

Hear me in the truth of Your salvation.

14 Deliver me out of the mire,

And let me not sink;

Let me be delivered from those who hate me,

And out of the deep waters.

15 Let not the floodwater overflow me,

Nor let the deep swallow me up;

And let not the pit shut its mouth on me.

16 Hear me, O Lord, for Your lovingkindness is good;

Turn to me according to the multitude of Your tender mercies.

17 And do not hide Your face from Your servant,

For I am in trouble;

Hear me speedily.

18 Draw near to my soul, and redeem it;

Deliver me because of my enemies.

19 You know jmy reproach, my shame, and my dishonor;

My adversaries are all before You.

20 Reproach has broken my heart,

And I am full of 7heaviness;

kI looked for someone to take pity, but there was none;

And for lcomforters, but I found none.

21 They also gave me gall for my food,

mAnd for my thirst they gave me vinegar to drink.

22 nLet their table become a snare before them,

And their well-being a trap.

23 oLet their eyes be darkened, so that they do not see;

And make their loins shake continually.

24 pPour out Your indignation upon them,

And let Your wrathful anger take hold of them.

25 qLet their dwelling place be desolate;

Let no one live in their tents.

26 For they persecute the ones rYou have struck,

And talk of the grief of those You have wounded.

27 sAdd iniquity to their iniquity,

tAnd let them not come into Your righteousness.

28 Let them ube blotted out of the book of the living,

vAnd not be written with the righteous.

29 But I am poor and sorrowful;

Let Your salvation, O God, set me up on high.

30 wI will praise the name of God with a song,

And will magnify Him with thanksgiving.

31 xThis also shall please the Lord better than an ox or bull,

Which has horns and hooves.

32 yThe humble shall see this and be glad;

And you who seek God, zyour hearts shall live.

33 For the Lord hears the poor,

And does not despise aHis prisoners.

34 bLet heaven and earth praise Him,

The seas cand everything that moves in them.

35 dFor God will save Zion

And build the cities of Judah,

That they may dwell there and possess it.

36 Also, ethe 8descendants of His servants shall inherit it,

And those who love His name shall dwell in it.


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