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The Oxford Study Bible Study Bible supplemented with commentary from scholars of various religions.

Chapter 69

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For the leader: set to ‘Lilies’: for David

1 SAVE me, God, for the water has risen to my neck. 2I sink in muddy depths where there is no foothold; I have come into deep water, and the flood sweeps me away. 3I am exhausted with crying, my throat is sore, my eyes are worn out with waiting for God. 4Those who hate me without reason are more than the hairs of my head; my persecutors are strong, my foes are treacherous. How can I restore what I have not stolen?

5God, you know how foolish I am, and my guilty deeds are not hidden from you. 6Lord GOD of Hosts, let none of those who hope in you be discouraged through me; God of Israel, let none who seek you be humiliated through me. 7For your sake I have suffered reproach; I dare not show my face for shame. 8I have become a stranger to my brothers, an alien to my mother's sons. 9Zeal for your house has consumed me; the insults aimed at you have landed on me. 10I wept bitterly while I fasted and I exposed myself to insults. 11I have made sackcloth my clothing and become a byword among the people. 12Those who sit by the town gate gossip about me; I am the theme of drunken songs.

13At an acceptable time I lift my prayer to you, LORD. In your great and enduring love answer me, God, with sure deliverance. 14Rescue me from the mire, do not let me sink; let me be rescued from my enemies and from the watery depths. 15Let no billows sweep me away, no abyss swallow me up, no deep close over me. 16Answer me, LORD, in the goodness of your unfailing love, in your great compassion turn towards me. 17Do not hide your face from me, your servant; answer me without delay, for I am in dire straits. 18Come near to me and redeem me; deliver me from my enemies.

19You know what insults I bear, my shame and my ignominy; all who distress me are well known to you. 20Insults have broken my heart and I am in despair; I looked for consolation, but received none, for comfort, but did not find any. 21They put poison in my food and when I was thirsty they gave me vinegar to drink.

22May their table be a snare to them and a trap when they feel secure! 23May their eyes be darkened so that they do not see; let a continual ague shake their loins! 24Vent your indignation on them and let your burning anger overtake them. 25Let their settlements be desolate, their tents without inhabitant, 26for they pursue him whom you have struck down and multiply a 69:26 multiply: so Gk; Heb. recount. the torments of those whom you have wounded. 27Heap punishment after punishment on them; grant them no vindication; 28let them be blotted out from the book of the living; let them not be enrolled among the innocent.

29I am afflicted and in pain; let your saving power, God, set me securely on high. 30I shall praise God's name in song and glorify him with thanksgiving; 31that will please the LORD more than the offering of a bull, a young bull with horns and cloven hoofs.

32When the humble see this let them rejoice. Take heart, you seekers after God, 33for the LORD listens to the poor and does not despise his captive people. 34Let sky and earth praise him, the seas and all that moves in them, 35for God will deliver Zion and rebuild the cities of Judah; his people will settle there and possess it. 36The children of those who serve him will inherit it, and those who love his name will live there.

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a 69:26 multiply: so Gk; Heb. recount.

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