For the Music Director. To the melody of “Lilies.” A Psalm of David.
1Save me, O God!
For the waters have come up to my throat.
2#Ps 63:1; 84:2 I sink in deep mire;
there is no standing place;
I have come into the watery depths,
and a stream overflows me.
3#Ps 79:10; 80:5 I am weary of my crying;
my throat is parched;
my eyes fail
while I wait for my God.
4#Isa 30:29; Ps 62:8 Those who hate me without cause
are more than the hairs of my head;
they are mighty
who would destroy me, being my wrongful enemies,
so that I must pay back
what I did not steal.
5#Ps 42:11; 43:5 O God, You know my folly,
and my sins are not hidden from You.
6#2Sa 17:22; Dt 3:8–9 May those who wait on You,
O Lord God of Hosts,
not be ashamed because of me;
may those who seek You
not be humiliated because of me,
O God of Israel.
7#Ps 88:7; Jnh 2:3 Because for Your sake I have endured insult;
humiliation has covered my face.
8#Job 35:10; Ps 63:6 I have become estranged to my relatives,
and a foreigner to my mother’s children;
9#Ps 38:6; 18:2 for the zeal of Your house has consumedme,
and the insults of those who insulted You fell on me.
10#Ps 42:3; Joel 2:17 When I wept with fasting for my soul,
it became an insult to me.
11#Ps 42:5; 43:5 I also made sackcloth my garment,
and I became a byword to them.
12Those who sit in the gate speak against me,
and I am the song of the drunkards.
13But as for me, my prayer is to You, O Lord;
in an acceptable time, O God,
in the abundance of Your mercy,
answer me in the truth of Your salvation.
14Deliver me out of the mire
that I may not sink;
may I be delivered from those who hateme,
and out of the watery depths.
15May the stream not overflow me;
neither may the deep swallow me up,
nor the pit close its mouth on me.
16Answer me, O Lord, for Your lovingkindness is good;
turn Your face to me according to the abundance of Your tender mercies.
17Do not hide Your face from Your servant,
for I am in trouble; answer me quickly.
18Draw near to my soul, and redeem it;
deliver me because of my enemies.
19You have known how I am insulted, and my shame and my dishonor;
my adversaries are all before You.
20Insults have broken my heart,
and I am sick;
and I looked for some to take pity, but there was none;
and for comforters, but I found none.
21They also gave me poison for my food,
and in my thirst they gave me vinegar to drink.
22May their table become a snare before them,
and may security become a trap.
23May their eyes be darkened so they do not see,
and make their sides shake continually.
24Pour out Your indignation on them,
and may Your wrathful anger overtake them.
25May their habitation be desolate,
and may no one dwell in their tents.
26For they persecute him whom You have struck down,
and they recount the pain of those You have wounded.
27Add punishment to their iniquity,
and do not let them come into Your righteousness.
28Let them be blotted out of the book of the living,
and not be written along with the righteous.
29But I am poor and in pain;
may Your salvation, O God, set me secure on high.
30I will praise the name of God with a song,
and will magnify Him with thanksgiving.
31This also will please the Lord
more than an ox or bull with horns and hoofs.
32The humble will see this and be glad;
and you who seek God, may your heart live.
33For the Lord hears the poor,
and does not despise His prisoners.
34Let heaven and earth praise Him,
the seas and everything that moves in them.
35For God will save Zion,
and will build the cities of Judah;
that they may dwell there, and take possession of it.
36The descendants of His servants will inherit it;
and those who love His name will dwell in it.