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It is for your sake alone
    that I am insulted
    and blush with shame.
I am like a stranger
    to my relatives
    and like a foreigner
    to my own family.

My love for your house
    burns in me like a fire,
and when others insulted you,
    they insulted me as well.
10 I cried and went without food,[a]
    but they still insulted me.

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  1. 69.10 went without food: See the note at 35.13.

11 They sneered at me
for wearing sackcloth[a]
    to show my sorrow.
12 Rulers and judges gossip
    about me,
    and drunkards make up songs
    to mock me.

13 But I pray to you, Lord.
    So when the time is right,
answer me
    and help me
    with your wonderful love.
14 Don’t let me sink in the mud,
but save me from my enemies
    and from the deep water.
15 Don’t let me be
    swept away by a flood
    or drowned in the ocean
    or swallowed by death.

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  1. 69.11 sackcloth: See the note at 30.11.

16 Answer me, Lord!
    You are kind and good.
    Pay attention to me!
    You are truly merciful.
17 Don’t turn away from me.
    I am your servant,
    and I am in trouble.
Please hurry and help!
18     Come and save me
    from my enemies.

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