Psalms 69

A Cry of Distress and Imprecation on Adversaries.

For the choir director; according to
Or possibly Lilies
Shoshannim. A Psalm of David.

1 Save me, O God,
For the b  waters have
Lit come to the soul
threatened my life.
2I have sunk in deep d  mire, and there is no foothold;
I have come into deep waters, and a
Lit flowing stream
f  flood overflows me.
3I am g  weary with my crying; my throat is parched;
My h  eyes fail while I wait for my God.
4Those i  who hate me without a cause are more than the hairs of my head;
Those who would
Or silence
destroy me k  are powerful, being wrongfully my enemies;
l  What I did not steal, I then have to restore.

5O God, it is You who knows m  my folly,
And n  my wrongs are not hidden from You.
6May those who wait for You not o  be ashamed through me, O Lord
Heb YHWH, usually rendered  Lord
 God of hosts;
May those who seek You not be dishonored through me, O God of Israel,
7Because q  for Your sake I have borne reproach;
r  Dishonor has covered my face.
8I have become s  estranged
Lit to
from my brothers
And an alien to my mother’s sons.
9For u  zeal for Your house has consumed me,
And v  the reproaches of those who reproach You have fallen on me.
10When I wept w  in my soul with fasting,
It became my reproach.
11When I made x  sackcloth my clothing,
I became y  a byword to them.
12Those who z  sit in the gate talk about me,
And I am the
Lit songs
ab  song of the drunkards.

13But as for me, my prayer is to You, O  Lord ac  at an acceptable time;
O God, in the ad  greatness of Your lovingkindness,
Answer me with
Or the faithfulness of Your salvation
Your saving truth.
14Deliver me from the af  mire and do not let me sink;
May I be ag  delivered from
Lit those who hate me
my foes and from the
Lit deep places of water
aj  deep waters.
15May the
Lit stream
al  flood of water not overflow me
Nor the deep swallow me up,
Nor the am  pit shut its mouth on me.

16Answer me, O  Lord, for an  Your lovingkindness is good;
ao  According to the greatness of Your compassion ap  turn to me,
17And aq  do not hide Your face from Your servant,
For I am ar  in distress; answer me quickly.
18Oh draw near to my soul and as  redeem it;
at  Ransom me because of my enemies!
19You know my au  reproach and my shame and my dishonor;
All my adversaries are
Or known to You
before You.

20Reproach has aw  broken my heart and I am so sick.
And ax  I looked for sympathy, but there was none,
And for ay  comforters, but I found none.
21They also gave me
Or poison
ba  gall
Or in
for my food
And for my thirst they bc  gave me vinegar to drink.

22May bd  their table before them become a snare;
Lit for those who are secure
bf  when they are in peace, may it become a trap.
23May their bg  eyes grow dim so that they cannot see,
And make their bh  loins shake continually.
24 bi  Pour out Your indignation on them,
And may Your burning anger overtake them.
25May their
Lit encampment
bk  camp be desolate;
May none dwell in their tents.
26For they have bl  persecuted him whom bm  You Yourself have smitten,
And they tell of the pain of those whom bn  You have
Lit pierced
27Add bp  iniquity to their iniquity,
And bq  may they not come into br  Your righteousness.
28May they be bs  blotted out of the bt  book of life
And may they not be
Lit written
bv  recorded with the righteous.

29But I am bw  afflicted and in pain;
Or Your salvation, O God, will set...
May Your salvation, O God by  set me securely on high.
30I will bz  praise the name of God with song
And ca  magnify Him with cb  thanksgiving.
31And it will cc  please the  Lord better than an ox
Or a young bull with horns and hoofs.
32The cd  humble
Some mss and ancient versions read will see
have seen it and are glad;
You who seek God cf  let your heart
Or live
33For ch  the  Lord hears the needy
And ci  does not despise His who are prisoners.

34Let cj  heaven and earth praise Him,
The seas and ck  everything that moves in them.
35For God will cl  save Zion and cm  build the cities of Judah,
That they may dwell there and cn  possess it.
Lit seed
cp  descendants of His servants will inherit it,
And those who love His name cq  will dwell in it.

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