Psalm 69
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1To the Chief Musician. Set to “The Lilies.” [i]A Psalm[/i] of David. Save me, O God! For the waters have come up to my neck.1Deliver me, God, because the waters are up to my neck.
2I sink in deep mire, Where there is no standing; I have come into deep waters, Where the floods overflow me.2I am sinking in deep mire, and there is no solid ground. I have come into deep water, and the flood overwhelms me.
3I am weary with my crying; My throat is dry; My eyes fail while I wait for my God.3I am exhausted from calling for help. My throat is parched. My eyes are strained from looking for God.
4Those who hate me without a cause Are more than the hairs of my head; They are mighty who would destroy me, Being my enemies wrongfully; Though I have stolen nothing, I still must restore it.4Those who hate me without cause are more than the hairs of my head. My persecutors are mighty, and they want to destroy me. Must I be forced to return what I did not steal?
5O God, You know my foolishness; And my sins are not hidden from You.5God, you know my sins, and my guilt is not hidden from you.
6Let not those who wait for You, O Lord GOD of hosts, be ashamed because of me; Let not those who seek You be confounded because of me, O God of Israel.6Do not let those who look up to you be ashamed because of me, Lord God of the Heavenly Armies. Let not those who seek you be humiliated because of me, God of Israel.
7Because for Your sake I have borne reproach; Shame has covered my face.7I am being mocked because of you. Dishonor overwhelms me.
8I have become a stranger to my brothers, And an alien to my mother’s children;8I am a stranger to my brothers, a foreigner to my mother's sons.
9Because zeal for Your house has eaten me up, And the reproaches of those who reproach You have fallen on me.9Zeal for your house consumes me, and the mockeries of those who insult you fall on me.
10When I wept and chastened my soul with fasting, That became my reproach.10I weep and fast, and I am mocked for it.
11I also made sackcloth my garment; I became a byword to them.11When I dressed in sackcloth, I became an object of gossip among them.
12Those who sit in the gate speak against me, And I am the song of the drunkards.12The prominent people mock me, composing drinking songs.
13But as for me, my prayer is to You, O LORD, in the acceptable time; O God, in the multitude of Your mercy, Hear me in the truth of Your salvation.13As for me, LORD, may my prayer to you come at a favorable time. God, in the abundance of your gracious love, answer me with your sure deliverance.
14Deliver me out of the mire, And let me not sink; Let me be delivered from those who hate me, And out of the deep waters.14Rescue me from the mud and do not let me sink. Rescue me from those who hate me, and from the deep waters.
15Let not the floodwater overflow me, Nor let the deep swallow me up; And let not the pit shut its mouth on me.15Let neither the floodwaters overwhelm me nor let the deep swallow me up, nor the mouth of the well close over me.
16Hear me, O LORD, for Your lovingkindness is good; Turn to me according to the multitude of Your tender mercies.16Answer me, LORD, for your gracious love is good; Turn to me in keeping with your great compassion,
17And do not hide Your face from Your servant, For I am in trouble; Hear me speedily.17and do not ignore your servant, because I am in distress. Hurry to answer me!
18Draw near to my soul, and redeem it; Deliver me because of my enemies.18Draw near and redeem me; ransom me because of my enemies.
19You know my reproach, my shame, and my dishonor; My adversaries are all before You.19Truly you know my reproach, shame, and disgrace. All my enemies are known to you.
20Reproach has broken my heart, And I am full of heaviness; I looked for someone to take pity, but there was none; And for comforters, but I found none.20Insults broke my heart. I despaired and looked for sympathy; but there was none, for comforters, but I found none.
21They also gave me gall for my food, And for my thirst they gave me vinegar to drink.21They put poison in my food, in my thirst they forced me to drink vinegar.
22Let their table become a snare before them, And their well-being a trap.22May their dining tables entrap them, and become a snare for their allies.
23Let their eyes be darkened, so that they do not see; And make their loins shake continually.23May their eyes be blinded and may their bodies tremble continuously.
24Pour out Your indignation upon them, And let Your wrathful anger take hold of them.24May you pour out your fury on them. May your burning anger overtake them.
25Let their dwelling place be desolate; Let no one live in their tents.25May their camp become desolate and their tents remain unoccupied.
26For they persecute the ones You have struck, And talk of the grief of those You have wounded.26For they persecute those whom you have struck, and they brag about the pain of those you have wounded.
27Add iniquity to their iniquity, And let them not come into Your righteousness.27May you punish them for their crimes; may they receive no verdict of innocence from you.
28Let them be blotted out of the book of the living, And not be written with the righteous.28May they be erased from the Book of Life, and their names not be written with the righteous.
29But I am poor and sorrowful; Let Your salvation, O God, set me up on high.29As for me, I am afflicted and hurting; may your deliverance, God, establish me on high.
30I will praise the name of God with a song, And will magnify Him with thanksgiving.30Let me praise the name of God with a song that I may magnify him with thanksgiving.
31This also shall please the LORD better than an ox or bull, Which has horns and hooves.31That will please the LORD more than oxen and bulls with horns and hooves.
32The humble shall see this and be glad; And you who seek God, your hearts shall live.32The afflicted will watch and rejoice. May you who seek God take courage.
33For the LORD hears the poor, And does not despise His prisoners.33For the LORD listens to the needy and doesn't despise those in bondage.
34Let heaven and earth praise Him, The seas and everything that moves in them.34Let the heavens and earth praise him, along with the sea and its swarming creatures.
35For God will save Zion And build the cities of Judah, That they may dwell there and possess it.35For God will deliver Zion and will rebuild the cities of Judah so they may live there and possess them.
36Also, the descendants of His servants shall inherit it, And those who love His name shall dwell in it.36The descendants of his servants will inherit it, and those who cherish his name will live there.
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Psalm 68
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