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Chapter 69

69:1 For the Leader; upon Shoshannim. A Psalm of David.

69:2 Save me, O God; for the waters are come in even unto the soul.

69:3 I am sunk in deep mire, where there is no standing; I am come into deep waters, and the flood overwhelmeth me.

69:4 I am weary of my crying; my throat is dried; mine eyes fail while I wait for my God.

69:5 They that hate me without a cause are more than the hairs of my head; they that would cut me off, being mine enemies wrongfully, are many; should I restore that which I took not away?

69:6 O God, Thou knowest my folly; and my trespasses are not hid from Thee.

69:7 Let not them that wait for Thee be ashamed through me, O Lord GOD of hosts; let not those that seek Thee be brought to confusion through me, O God of Israel.

69:8 Because for Thy sake I have borne reproach; confusion hath covered my face.

69:9 I am become a stranger unto my brethren, and an alien unto my mother's children.

69:10 Because zeal for Thy house hath eaten me up, and the reproaches of them that reproach Thee are fallen upon me.

69:11 And I wept with my soul with fasting, and that became unto me a reproach.

69:12 I made sackcloth also my garment, and I became a byword unto them.

69:13 They that sit in the gate talk of me; and I am the song of the drunkards.

69:14 But as for me, let my prayer be unto Thee, O the Lord, in an acceptable time; O God, in the abundance of Thy mercy, answer me with the truth of Thy salvation.

69:15 Deliver 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.

69:16 Let not the waterflood overwhelm me, neither let the deep swallow me up; and let not the pit shut her mouth upon me.

69:17 Answer me, O the Lord, for Thy mercy is good; according to the multitude of Thy compassions turn Thou unto me.

69:18 And hide not Thy face from Thy servant; for I am in distress; answer me speedily.

69:19 Draw nigh unto my soul, and redeem it; ransom me because of mine enemies.

69:20 Thou knowest my reproach, and my shame, and my confusion; mine adversaries are all before Thee.

69:21 Reproach hath broken my heart; and I am sore sick; and I looked for some to show compassion, but there was none; and for comforters, but I found none.

69:22 Yea, they put poison into my food; and in my thirst they gave me vinegar to drink.

69:23 Let their table before them become a snare; and when they are in peace, let it become a trap.

69:24 Let their eyes be darkened, that they see not; and make their loins continually to totter.

69:25 Pour out Thine indignation upon them, and let the fierceness of Thine anger overtake them.

69:26 Let their encampment be desolate; let none dwell in their tents.

69:27 For they persecute him whom Thou hast smitten; and they tell of the pain of those whom Thou hast wounded.

69:28 Add iniquity unto their iniquity; and let them not come into Thy righteousness.

69:29 Let them be blotted out of the book of the living, and not be written with the righteous.

69:30 But I am afflicted and in pain; let Thy salvation, O God, set me up on high.

69:31 I will praise the name of God with a song, and will magnify Him with thanksgiving.

69:32 And it shall please the Lord better than a bullock that hath horns and hoofs.

69:33 The humble shall see it, and be glad; ye that seek after God, let your heart revive.

69:34 For the Lord hearkeneth unto the needy, and despiseth not His prisoners.

69:35 Let heaven and earth praise Him, the seas, and every thing that moveth therein.

69:36 For God will save Zion, and build the cities of Judah; and they shall abide there, and have it in possession.

69:37 The seed also of His servants shall inherit it; and they that love His name shall dwell therein.

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