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Psalm 69 :: English Standard Version (ESV)

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Save Me, O God

Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 69:1 - To the choirmaster: according to Lilies. Of David.
Save me, O God!
For the waters have come up to my neck.[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 69:2 - I sink in deep mire,
where there is no foothold;
I have come into deep waters,
and the flood sweeps over me.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 69:3 - I am weary with my crying out;
my throat is parched.
My eyes grow dim
with waiting for my God.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 69:4 - More in number than the hairs of my head
are those who hate me without cause;
mighty are those who would destroy me,
those who attack me with lies.
What I did not steal
must I now restore?
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 69:5 - O God, you know my folly;
the wrongs I have done are not hidden from you.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 69:6 - Let not those who hope in you 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.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 69:7 - For it is for your sake that I have borne reproach,
that dishonor has covered my face.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 69:8 - I have become a stranger to my brothers,
an alien to my mother’s sons.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 69:9 - For zeal for your house has consumed me,
and the reproaches of those who reproach you have fallen on me.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 69:10 - When I wept and humbled[fn] my soul with fasting,
it became my reproach.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 69:11 - When I made sackcloth my clothing,
I became a byword to them.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 69:12 - I am the talk of those who sit in the gate,
and the drunkards make songs about me.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 69:13 - But as for me, my prayer is to you, O LORD.
At an acceptable time, O God,
in the abundance of your steadfast love answer me in your saving faithfulness.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 69:14 - Deliver me
from sinking in the mire;
let me be delivered from my enemies
and from the deep waters.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 69:15 - Let not the flood sweep over me,
or the deep swallow me up,
or the pit close its mouth over me.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 69:16 - Answer me, O LORD, for your steadfast love is good;
according to your abundant mercy, turn to me.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 69:17 - Hide not your face from your servant,
for I am in distress; make haste to answer me.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 69:18 - Draw near to my soul, redeem me;
ransom me because of my enemies!
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 69:19 - You know my reproach,
and my shame and my dishonor;
my foes are all known to you.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 69:20 - Reproaches have broken my heart,
so that I am in despair.
I looked for pity, but there was none,
and for comforters, but I found none.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 69:21 - They gave me poison for food,
and for my thirst they gave me sour wine to drink.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 69:22 - Let their own table before them become a snare;
and when they are at peace, let it become a trap.[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 69:23 - Let their eyes be darkened, so that they cannot see,
and make their loins tremble continually.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 69:24 - Pour out your indignation upon them,
and let your burning anger overtake them.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 69:25 - May their camp be a desolation;
let no one dwell in their tents.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 69:26 - For they persecute him whom you have struck down,
and they recount the pain of those you have wounded.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 69:27 - Add to them punishment upon punishment;
may they have no acquittal from you.[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 69:28 - Let them be blotted out of the book of the living;
let them not be enrolled among the righteous.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 69:29 - But I am afflicted and in pain;
let your salvation, O God, set me on high!
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 69:30 - I will praise the name of God with a song;
I will magnify him with thanksgiving.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 69:31 - This will please the LORD more than an ox
or a bull with horns and hoofs.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 69:32 - When the humble see it they will be glad;
you who seek God, let your hearts revive.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 69:33 - For the LORD hears the needy
and does not despise his own people who are prisoners.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 69:34 - Let heaven and earth praise him,
the seas and everything that moves in them.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 69:35 - For God will save Zion
and build up the cities of Judah,
and people shall dwell there and possess it;
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 69:36 - the offspring of his servants shall inherit it,
and those who love his name shall dwell in it.
ESV Footnotes
Or waters threaten my life
Hebrew lacks and humbled
Hebrew; a slight revocalization yields (compare Septuagint, Syriac, Jerome) a snare, and retribution and a trap
Hebrew may they not come into your righteousness

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