Psalms Chapter 69 |
1For the leader. On shoshannim. Of David.
2Deliver me, O God,
for the waters have reached my neck;
3I am sinking into the slimy deep
and find no foothold;
I have come into the watery depths;
the flood sweeps me away.
4I am weary with calling;
my throat is dry;
my eyes fail
while I wait for God.
5More numerous than the hairs of my head
are those who hate me without reason;
many are those who would destroy me,
my treacherous enemies.
Must I restore what I have not stolen?
6God, You know my folly;
my guilty deeds are not hidden from You.
7Let those who look to You,
O Lord, God of hosts,
not be disappointed on my account;
let those who seek You,
O God of Israel,
not be shamed because of me.
8It is for Your sake that I have been reviled,
that shame covers my face;
9I am a stranger to my brothers,
an alien to my kin.
10My zeal for Your house has been my undoing;
the reproaches of those who revile You have fallen upon me.
11When I wept and fasted,
I was reviled for it.
12I made sackcloth my garment;
I became a byword among them.
13Those who sit in the gate talk about me;
I am the taunt of drunkards.
14As for me, may my prayer come to You, O Lord,
at a favorable moment;
O God, in Your abundant faithfulness,
answer me with Your sure deliverance.
15Rescue me from the mire;
let me not sink;
let me be rescued from my enemies,
and from the watery depths.
16Let the floodwaters not sweep me away;
let the deep not swallow me;
let the mouth of the Pit not close over me.
17Answer me, O Lord,
according to Your great steadfastness;
in accordance with Your abundant mercy
turn to me;
18do not hide Your face from Your servant,
for I am in distress;
answer me quickly.
19Come near to me and redeem me;
free me from my enemies.
20You know my reproach,
my shame, my disgrace;
You are aware of all my foes.
21Reproach breaks my heart,
I am in despair;
I hope for consolation, but there is none,
for comforters, but find none.
22They give me gall for food,
vinegar to quench my thirst.
23May their table be a trap for them,
a snare for their allies.
24May their eyes grow dim so that they cannot see;
may their loins collapse continually.
25Pour out Your wrath on them;
may Your blazing anger overtake them;
26may their encampments be desolate;
may their tents stand empty.
27For they persecute those You have struck;
they talk about the pain of those You have felled.
28Add that to their guilt;
let them have no share of Your beneficence;
29may they be erased from the book of life,
and not be inscribed with the righteous.
30But I am lowly and in pain;
Your help, O God, keeps me safe.
31I will extol God’s name with song,
and exalt Him with praise.
32That will please the Lord more than oxen,
than bulls with horns and hooves.
33The lowly will see and rejoice;
you who are mindful of God, take heart!
34For the Lord listens to the needy,
and does not spurn His captives.
35Heaven and earth shall extol Him,
the seas, and all that moves in them.
36For God will deliver Zion
and rebuild the cities of Judah;
they shall live there and inherit it;
37the offspring of His servants shall possess it;
those who cherish His name shall dwell there.