A Cry of Distress
To the chief Musician upon Shoshan´nim, A Psalm of David.
1Save me, O God;
for the waters are come in unto my soul.
2I sink in deep mire,
where there is no standing:
I am come into deep waters,
where the floods overflow me.
3I am weary of my crying:
my throat is dried:
mine eyes fail while I wait for my God.
4 # Ps 35.19; John 15.25. They that hate me without a cause are more than the hairs of mine head:
they that would destroy me, being mine enemies wrongfully, are mighty:
then I restored that which I took not away.
5O God, thou knowest my foolishness;
and my sins are not hid from thee.
6Let not them that wait on thee, O Lord [God] of hosts, be ashamed for my sake:
let not those that seek thee be confounded for my sake, O God of Israel.
7Because for thy sake I have borne reproach;
shame hath covered my face.
8I am become a stranger unto my brethren,
and an alien unto my mother's children.
9 # John 2.17; Rom 15.3. For the zeal of thine house hath eaten me up;
and the reproaches of them that reproached thee are fallen upon me.
10When I wept, and chastened my soul with fasting,
that was to my reproach.
11I made sackcloth also my garment;
and I became a proverb to them.
12They that sit in the gate speak against me;
and I was the song of the drunkards.
13But as for me, my prayer is unto thee, O Lord,
in an acceptable time:
O God, in the multitude of thy mercy hear me,
in the truth of thy salvation.
14Deliver me out of the mire,
and let me not sink:
let me be delivered from them that hate me,
and out of the deep waters.
15Let not the waterflood overflow me,
neither let the deep swallow me up,
and let not the pit shut her mouth upon me.
16Hear me, O Lord;
for thy loving-kindness is good:
turn unto me
according to the multitude of thy tender mercies.
17And hide not thy face from thy servant;
for I am in trouble:
hear me speedily.
18Draw nigh unto my soul, and redeem it:
deliver me because of mine enemies.
19Thou hast known my reproach,
and my shame, and my dishonor:
mine adversaries are all before thee.
20Reproach hath broken my heart;
and I am full of heaviness:
and I looked for some to take pity, but there was none;
and for comforters, but I found none.
21 # Matt 27.48; Mark 15.36; John 19.28,29. They gave me also gall for my meat;
and in my thirst they gave me vinegar to drink.
22 # Rom 11.9,10. Let their table become a snare before them:
and that which should have been for their welfare, let it become a trap.
23Let their eyes be darkened, that they see not;
and make their loins continually to shake.
24Pour out thine indignation upon them,
and let thy wrathful anger take hold of them.
25 # Acts 1.20. Let their habitation be desolate;
and let none dwell in their tents.
26For they persecute him whom thou hast smitten;
and they talk to the grief of those whom thou hast wounded.
27Add iniquity unto their iniquity:
and let them not come into thy righteousness.
28 # Rev 3.5; 13.8; 17.8. Let them be blotted out of the book of the living,
and not be written with the righteous.
29But I am poor and sorrowful:
let thy salvation, O God, set me up on high.
30I will praise the name of God with a song,
and will magnify him with thanksgiving.
31 This also shall please the Lord better than an ox
or bullock that hath horns and hoofs.
32The humble shall see this, and be glad:
and your heart shall live that seek God.
33For the Lord heareth the poor,
and despiseth not his prisoners.
34Let the heaven and earth praise him,
the seas, and every thing that moveth therein.
35For God will save Zion,
and will build the cities of Judah:
that they may dwell there,
and have it in possession.
36The seed also of his servants shall inherit it:
and they that love his name shall dwell therein.