A Cry of Anguish in Great Distress
1For the leader; according to “Lilies.”*Of David.
2Save me, God, for the waters* have reached my neck. h Pss 18, 5; 93, 3–4; Jb 22, 11 . 3I have sunk into the mire of the deep, where there is no foothold.I have gone down to the watery depths;the flood overwhelms me. i Pss 40, 2; 124, 4–5 . 4I am weary with crying out; my throat is parched.My eyes have failed,looking for my God. j Pss 25, 15; 119, 82; 123, 2; 141, 8; Is 38, 14 . 5More numerous than the hairs of my head are those who hate me without cause. k Ps 40, 13; LAm 3, 52; Jn 15, 25 . Too many for my strength are my treacherous enemies. Must I now restore what I did not steal?*II
6God, you know my folly; my faults are not hidden from you. 7Let those who wait for you, LORD of hosts, not be shamed through me. Let those who seek you, God of Israel, l Ps 40, 17 . not be disgraced through me. 8For your sake I bear insult, shame covers my face. m Jer 15, 15 . 9I have become an outcast to my kin, a stranger to my mother's children. n Jb 19, 13–15 . 10Because zeal for your house consumes me,* I am scorned by those who scorn you. o Ps 119, 139; Jn 2, 17; Rom 15, 3 . * 11I have wept and fasted, p 69, 11–13: Ps 109, 24–25; Jb 30, 9; LAm 3, 14 . but this led only to scorn. 12I clothed myself in sackcloth; I became a byword for them. 13They who sit at the gate gossip about me; drunkards make me the butt of their songs.
14But I pray to you, LORD, for the time of your favor. God, in your great kindness answer me with your constant help. q Is 49, 8 . 15Rescue me from the mire; r 69, 15–16: Pss 28, 1; 30, 4; 32, 6; 40, 3; 88, 5; Prv 1, 12 . do not let me sink. Rescue me from my enemies and from the watery depths. 16Do not let the floodwaters overwhelm me, nor the deep swallow me, nor the mouth of the pit close over me. 17Answer me, LORD, in your generous love; in your great mercy turn to me. 18Do not hide your face from your servant; in my distress hasten to answer me. s Pss 102, 3; 143, 7 . 19Come and ransom my life; because of my enemies redeem me. 20You know my reproach, my shame, my disgrace; before you stand all my foes. 21Insult has broken my heart, and I am weak; I looked for compassion, but there was none, for comforters, but found none. t LAm 1, 2 . 22Instead they put gall in my food; for my thirst they gave me vinegar. u LAm 3, 15; Mt 27, 34. 48; Mk 15, 23 .
23Make their own table a snare for them, a trap for their friends. v Rom 11, 9–10 . 24Make their eyes so dim they cannot see; keep their backs ever feeble. 25Pour out your wrath upon them; let the fury of your anger overtake them. 26Make their camp desolate, with none to dwell in their tents. w Acts 1, 20 . 27For they pursued the one you struck, added to the pain of the one you wounded. 28Add that to their crimes; let them not attain to your reward. 29Strike them from the book of the living; do not count them among the just! x Ps 139, 16; Ex 32, 32; Is 4, 3; Dn 12, 1; Mal 3, 16; Rv 3, 5 .
30But I am afflicted and in pain; let your saving help protect me, God, 31That I may praise God's name in song* and glorify it with thanksgiving. 32My song will please the LORD more than oxen, more than bullocks with horns and hooves: y Pss 40, 7; 50, 8–9. 14; 51, 18; Is 1, 11–15; Hos 6, 6; Am 5, 21–22; Heb 10, 5–8 . 33“See, you lowly ones, and be glad; you who seek God, take heart! z Pss 22, 27; 35, 27; 70, 5 . 34For the LORD hears the poor, does not spurn those in bondage. 35Let the heavens and the earth sing praise, the seas and whatever moves in them!”
36God will rescue Zion, rebuild the cities of Judah. a Is 44, 26; Ez 36, 10 . God's servants shall dwell in the land and possess it; 37it shall be the heritage of their descendants; those who love God's name shall dwell there. b Ps 102, 29; Is 65, 9 .