For the choir director; according to shoshannim; by David.
1Save me, O God!
The water is already up to my neck!
2I am sinking in deep mud.
There is nothing to stand on.
I am in deep water.
A flood is sweeping me away.
3I am exhausted from crying for help.
My throat is hoarse.
My eyes are strained ⌞from⌟ looking for my God.
4Those who hate me for no reason
outnumber the hairs on my head.
Those who want to destroy me are mighty.
They have no reason to be my enemies.
I am forced to pay back what I did not steal.
5O God, you know my stupidity,
and the things of which I am guilty are not hidden from you.
6Do not let those who wait with hope for you
be put to shame because of me, O Almighty Lord of Armies.
Do not let those who come to you for help
be humiliated because of me, O God of Israel.
7Indeed, for your sake I have endured insults.
Humiliation has covered my face.
8I have become a stranger to my ⌞own⌟ brothers,
a foreigner to my mother’s sons.
9Indeed, devotion for your house has consumed me,
and the insults of those who insult you have fallen on me.
10I cried and fasted, but I was insulted for it.
11I dressed myself in sackcloth, but I became the object of ridicule.
12Those who sit at the gate gossip about me,
and drunkards make up songs about me.
13May my prayer come to you at an acceptable time, O Lord.
O God, out of the greatness of your mercy,
answer me with the truth of your salvation.
14Rescue me from the mud.
Do not let me sink ⌞into it⌟.
I want to be rescued from those who hate me
and from the deep water.
15Do not let floodwaters sweep me away.
Do not let the ocean swallow me up,
or the pit close its mouth over me.
16Answer me, O Lord, because your mercy is good.
Out of your unlimited compassion, turn to me.
17I am in trouble, so do not hide your face from me.
Answer me quickly!
18Come close, and defend my soul.
Set me free because of my enemies.
19You know that I have been insulted, put to shame, and humiliated.
All my opponents are in front of you.
20Insults have broken my heart, and I am sick.
I looked for sympathy, but there was none.
I looked for people to comfort me, but I found no one.
21They poisoned my food,
and when I was thirsty, they gave me vinegar to drink.
22Let the table set for them become a trap
and a snare for their friends.
23Let their vision become clouded so that they cannot see.
Let their thighs continually shake.
24Pour your rage on them.
Let your burning anger catch up with them.
25Let their camp be deserted
and their tents empty.
26They persecute the one you have struck,
and they talk about the pain of those you have wounded.
27Charge them with one crime after another.
Do not let them be found innocent.
28Let their ⌞names⌟ be erased from the Book of Life.
Do not let them be listed with righteous people.
29I am suffering and in pain.
Let your saving power protect me, O God.
30I want to praise God’s name with a song.
I want to praise his great name with a song of thanksgiving.
31This will please the Lord more than ⌞sacrificing⌟ an ox
or a bull with horns and hoofs.
32Oppressed people will see ⌞this⌟ and rejoice.
May the hearts of those who look to God for help be refreshed.
33The Lord listens to needy people.
He does not despise his own who are in prison.
34Let heaven and earth, the seas, and everything that moves in them, praise him.
35When God saves Zion, he will rebuild the cities of Judah.
His servants will live there and take possession of it.
36The descendants of his servants will inherit it.
Those who love him will live there.