Psalms 69

Save Me, O God

To the choirmaster: according to a  Lilies. Of David.

1 Save me, O God!
For b  the waters have come up to my neck.
Or  waters threaten my life

2I sink in deep d  mire,
where there is no foothold;
I have come into deep waters,
and the flood e  sweeps over me.
3 f  I am weary with my crying out;
g  my throat is parched.
h  My eyes grow dim
with i  waiting for my God.
4 j  More in number than the hairs of my head
are k  those who hate me l  without cause;
mighty are those who would destroy me,
m  those who attack me with lies.
What I did not steal
must I now restore?
5O God, you know my folly;
the wrongs I have done are not hidden from you.
6 Let not those who hope in you n  be 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.
7For it is o  for your sake that I have borne reproach,
that dishonor has covered my face.
8I have become p  a stranger to my brothers,
an alien to my mother’s sons.
9 For q  zeal for your house has consumed me,
and r  the reproaches of those who reproach you have fallen on me.
10When I wept and humbled
Hebrew lacks  and humbled
my soul with fasting,
it became my reproach.
11When I made t  sackcloth my clothing,
I became u  a byword to them.
12I am the talk of those who v  sit in the gate,
and the drunkards make w  songs about me.
13 But as for me, my x  prayer is to you, O  Lord.
At y  an acceptable time, O God,
in the abundance of your steadfast love answer me in your saving faithfulness.
14Deliver me
from sinking in z  the mire;
aa  let me be delivered from my enemies
and from ab  the deep waters.
15Let not the flood sweep over me,
or the deep swallow me up,
or ac  the pit close ad  its mouth over me.
16 Answer me, O  Lord, for your ae  steadfast love is good;
according to your abundant af  mercy, ag  turn to me.
17 ah  Hide not your face from your servant;
ai  for I am in distress; aj  make haste to answer me.
18Draw near to my soul, redeem me;
ransom me because of my enemies!
19 You know my ak  reproach,
and my shame and my dishonor;
my foes are all known to you.
20 al  Reproaches have broken my heart,
so that I am in am  despair.
I an  looked for ao  pity, but there was none,
and for ap  comforters, but I found none.
21They gave me aq  poison for food,
and for my thirst they gave me ar  sour wine to drink.
22 as  Let their own at  table before them become a snare;
au  and when they are at peace, let it become a trap.
Hebrew; a slight revocalization yields (compare Septuagint, Syriac, Jerome)  a snare, and retribution and a trap

23 aw  Let their eyes be darkened, so that they cannot see,
ax  and make their loins tremble continually.
24Pour out your indignation upon them,
and let your burning anger overtake them.
25 ay  May their camp be a desolation;
let no one dwell in their tents.
26For they az  persecute him whom ba  you have struck down,
and they recount the pain of bb  those you have wounded.
27 bc  Add to them punishment upon punishment;
may they have no acquittal from you.
Hebrew  may they not come into your righteousness

28Let them be be  blotted out of the book of the living;
let them not be bf  enrolled among the righteous.
29 But I am afflicted and in pain;
let your salvation, O God, bg  set me on high!
30 I will bh  praise the name of God with a song;
I will bi  magnify him with bj  thanksgiving.
31This will bk  please the  Lord more than an ox
or a bull bl  with horns and hoofs.
32When bm  the humble see it they will be glad;
you who seek God bn  let your hearts revive.
33For the  Lord hears the needy
and bo  does not despise his own people who are prisoners.
34 Let bp  heaven and earth praise him,
the seas and everything that moves in them.
35For bq  God will save Zion
and build up the cities of Judah,
and people shall dwell there and possess it;
36 br  the offspring of his servants shall inherit it,
and those who love his name shall dwell in it.
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