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 humbledmy 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.
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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