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Psalm 69 :: New King James Version (NKJV)

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An Urgent Plea for Help in Trouble
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 69:1 - To the Chief Musician. Set to “The Lilies.”[fn] A Psalm of David.

Save me, O God!
For the waters have come up to my neck.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 69:2 - I sink in deep mire,
Where there is no standing;
I have come into deep waters,
Where the floods overflow me.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 69:3 - I am weary with my crying;
My throat is dry;
My eyes fail while I wait for my God.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 69:4 - Those who hate me without a cause
Are more than the hairs of my head;
They are mighty who would destroy me,
Being my enemies wrongfully;
Though I have stolen nothing,
I still must restore it.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 69:5 - O God, You know my foolishness;
And my sins are not hidden from You.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 69:6 - Let not those who wait for You, O Lord GOD of hosts, be ashamed because of me;
Let not those who seek You be confounded because of me, O God of Israel.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 69:7 - Because for Your sake I have borne reproach;
Shame has covered my face.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 69:8 - I have become a stranger to my brothers,
And an alien to my mother’s children;
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 69:9 - Because zeal for Your house has eaten me up,
And the reproaches of those who reproach You have fallen on me.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 69:10 - When I wept and chastened my soul with fasting,
That became my reproach.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 69:11 - I also made sackcloth my garment;
I became a byword to them.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 69:12 - Those who sit in the gate speak against me,
And I am the song of the drunkards.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 69:13 - But as for me, my prayer is to You,
O LORD, in the acceptable time;
O God, in the multitude of Your mercy,
Hear me in the truth of Your salvation.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 69:14 - Deliver me out of the mire,
And let me not sink;
Let me be delivered from those who hate me,
And out of the deep waters.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 69:15 - Let not the floodwater overflow me,
Nor let the deep swallow me up;
And let not the pit shut its mouth on me.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 69:16 - Hear me, O LORD, for Your lovingkindness is good;
Turn to me according to the multitude of Your tender mercies.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 69:17 - And do not hide Your face from Your servant,
For I am in trouble;
Hear me speedily.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 69:18 - Draw near to my soul, and redeem it;
Deliver me because of my enemies.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 69:19 - You know my reproach, my shame, and my dishonor;
My adversaries are all before You.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 69:20 - Reproach has broken my heart,
And I am full of heaviness;
I looked for someone to take pity, but there was none;
And for comforters, but I found none.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 69:21 - They also gave me gall for my food,
And for my thirst they gave me vinegar to drink.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 69:22 - Let their table become a snare before them,
And their well-being a trap.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 69:23 - Let their eyes be darkened, so that they do not see;
And make their loins shake continually.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 69:24 - Pour out Your indignation upon them,
And let Your wrathful anger take hold of them.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 69:25 - Let their dwelling place be desolate;
Let no one live in their tents.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 69:26 - For they persecute the ones You have struck,
And talk of the grief of those You have wounded.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 69:27 - Add iniquity to their iniquity,
And let them not come into Your righteousness.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 69:28 - Let them be blotted out of the book of the living,
And not be written with the righteous.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 69:29 - But I am poor and sorrowful;
Let Your salvation, O God, set me up on high.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 69:30 - I will praise the name of God with a song,
And will magnify Him with thanksgiving.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 69:31 - This also shall please the LORD better than an ox or bull,
Which has horns and hooves.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 69:32 - The humble shall see this and be glad;
And you who seek God, your hearts shall live.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 69:33 - For the LORD hears the poor,
And does not despise His 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 the cities of Judah,
That they may dwell there and possess it.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 69:36 - Also, the descendants of His servants shall inherit it,
And those who love His name shall dwell in it.
NKJV Footnotes
Hebrew Shoshannim

New King James Version, © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. All rights reserved. Used by permission.

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