1For the leader. Set to “Lilies.” By David:
2Save me, God!
For the water threatens my life.
3I am sinking down in the mud,
and there is no foothold;
I have come into deep water;
the flood is sweeping over me.
4I am exhausted from crying,
my throat is dry and sore,
my eyes are worn out
with looking for my God.
5Those who hate me for no reason
outnumber the hairs on my head.
My persecutors are powerful,
my enemies accuse me falsely.
Am I expected to return
things I didn’t steal?
6God, you know how foolish I am;
my guilt is not hidden from you.
7Let those who put their hope in you,
not be put to shame through me;
let those who are seeking you,
God of Isra’el,
not be disgraced through me.
8For your sake I suffer insults,
shame covers my face.
9I am estranged from my brothers,
an alien to my mother’s children,
10because zeal for your house is eating me up,
and on me are falling the insults
of those insulting you.
11I weep bitterly, and I fast,
but that too occasions insults.
12I clothe myself with sackcloth
and become an object of scorn,
13the gossip of those sitting by the town gate,
the theme of drunkards’ songs.
14As for me, Adonai, let my prayer to you
come at an acceptable time;
In your great grace, God, answer me
with the truth of your salvation.
15Rescue me from the mud!
Don’t let me sink!
Let me be rescued from those who hate me
and from the deep water.
16Don’t let the floodwaters overwhelm me,
don’t let the deep swallow me up,
don’t let the pit close its mouth over me.
17Answer me, Adonai, for your grace is good;
in your great mercy, turn to me.
18Don’t hide your face from your servant,
for I am in trouble; answer me quickly.
19Come near to me, and redeem me;
ransom me because of my enemies.
20You know how I am insulted,
shamed and disgraced;
before you stand all my foes.
21Insults have broken my heart
to the point that I could die.
I hoped that someone would show compassion,
but nobody did;
and that there would be comforters,
but I found none.
22They put poison in my food;
in my thirst, they gave me vinegar to drink.
23Let their dining table
before them become a snare;
when they are at peace,
let it become a trap;
24let their eyes be darkened,
so that they can’t see,
and let their bodies
always be stumbling.
25Pour out your fury on them,
let your fierce anger overtake them.
26Let the place where they live be desolate,
with no one to live in their tents,
27for persecuting someone you had already stricken,
for adding to the pain of those you wounded.
28Add guilt to their guilt,
don’t let them enter your righteousness.
29Erase them from the book of life,
let them not be written with the righteous.
30Meanwhile, I am afflicted and hurting;
God, let your saving power raise me up.
31I will praise God’s name with a song
and extol him with thanksgiving.
32This will please Adonai more than a bull,
with its horns and hoofs.
33The afflicted will see it and rejoice;
you seeking after God, let your heart revive.
34For Adonai pays attention to the needy
and doesn’t scorn his captive people.
35Let heaven and earth praise him,
the seas and whatever moves in them.
36For God will save Tziyon,
he will build the cities of Y’hudah.
[His people] will settle there and possess it.
37The descendants of his servants will inherit it,
and those who love his name will live there.