Psalm 69. Salvum me fac.
SAVE me, O God; * for the waters are come in, even unto my soul.
2 I stick fast in the deep mire, where no ground is; * I am come
into deep waters, so that the floods run over me.
3 I am weary of crying; my throat is dry; * my sight faileth
me for waiting so long upon my God.
4 They that hate me without a cause are more than the hairs of
my head; * they that are mine enemies, and would destroy me guiltless,
5 I paid them the things that I never took: * God, thou knowest
my simpleness, and my faults are not hid from thee.
6 Let not them that trust in thee, O Lord GOD of hosts, be ashamed
for my cause; * let not those that seek thee be confounded through
me, O Lord God of Israel.
7 And why? for thy sake have I suffered reproof; * shame hath
covered my face.
8 I am become a stranger unto my brethren, * even an alien unto
my mother's children.
9 For the zeal of thine house hath even eaten me; * and the rebukes
of them that rebuked thee are fallen upon me.
10 I wept, and chastened myself with fasting, * and that was
turned to my reproof.
11 I put on sackcloth also, * and they jested upon me.
12 They that sit in the gate speak against me, * and the drunkards
make songs upon me.
13 But, LORD, I make my prayer unto thee * in an acceptable time.
14 Hear me, O God, in the multitude of thy mercy, * even in the
truth of thy salvation.
15 Take me out of the mire, that I sink not; * O let me be delivered
from them that hate me, and out of the deep waters.
16 Let not the water-flood drown me, neither let the deep swallow
me up; * and let not the pit shut her mouth upon me.
17 Hear me, O LORD, for thy loving-kindness is comfortable; *
turn thee unto me according to the multitude of thy mercies.
18 And hide not thy face from thy servant; for I am in trouble:
* O haste thee, and hear me.
19 Draw nigh unto my soul, and save it; * O deliver me, because
of mine enemies.
20 Thou hast known my reproach, my shame, and my dishonour: *
mine adversaries are all in thy sight.
21 Reproach hath broken my heart; I am full of heaviness: * I
looked for some to have pity on me, but there was no man, neither
found I any to comfort me.
22 They gave me gall to eat; * and when I was thirsty they gave
me vinegar to drink.
23 Let their table be made a snare to take themselves withal;
* and let the things that should have been for their wealth be
unto them an occasion of falling.
24 Let their eyes be blinded, that they see not; * and ever bow
thou down their backs.
25 Pour out thine indignation upon them, * and let thy wrathful
displeasure take hold of them.
26 Let their habitation be void, * and no man to dwell in their
27 For they persecute him whom thou hast smitten; * and they
talk how they may vex them whom thou hast wounded.
28 Let them fall from one wickedness to another, * and not come
into thy righteousness.
29 Let them be wiped out of the book of the living, * and not
be written among the righteous.
30 As for me, when I am poor and in heaviness, * thy help, O
God, shall lift me up.
31 I will praise the Name of God with a song, * and magnify it
32 This also shall please the LORD * better than a bullock that
hath horns and hoofs.
33 The humble shall consider this, and be glad: * seek ye after
God, and your soul shall live.
34 For the LORD heareth the poor, * and despiseth not his prisoners.
35 Let heaven and earth praise him: * the sea, and all that moveth
36 For God will save Sion, and build the cities of Judah, * that
men may dwell there, and have it in possession.
37 The posterity also of his servants shall inherit it; * and
they that love his Name shall dwell therein.