69 1 The complaints, prayers, fervent zeal and great anguish of David is set forth as a figure of Christ and all his members. 21 The malicious cruelty of the enemies. 22 And their punishment also. 26 Where Judas and such traitors are accursed. 30 He gathereth courage in his affliction, and offereth praises unto God, 32 Which are more acceptable than all sacrifices: whereof all the afflicted may take comfort. 35 Finally, he doth provoke all creatures to praises, prophesying of the kingdom of Christ, and the preservation of the Church, where all the faithful, 27 And their seed shall dwell forever.

To him that excelleth upon [a]Shoshannim. A Psalm of David.

Save me, O God: for the [b]waters are entered even to my soul.

I stick fast in the deep mire, where no [c]stay is: I am come into deep waters, and the streams run over me.

I am weary of crying: my throat is dry: mine [d]eyes fail, while I wait for my God.

They that hate me without a cause, are more than the hairs of mine head: they that would destroy me, and are mine enemies [e]falsely, are mighty, so that I restored that which I [f]took not.

O God, thou knowest my [g]foolishness, and my faults are not hid from thee.

Let not them that trust in thee, O Lord God of hosts, be ashamed for [h]me: let not those that seek thee, be confounded through me, O God of Israel.

For thy sake have I suffered reproof: shame hath covered my face.

I am become a stranger unto my brethren, even an alien unto my mother’s sons.

[i]For the zeal of thine house hath eaten me, and the rebukes of them that rebuked thee, are fallen upon me.

10 I [j]wept and my soul fasted, but that was to my reproof.

11 I put on a sack also: and I became a proverb unto them.

12 They that [k]sat in the gate, spake of me, and the drunkards sang of me.

13 But Lord, I make my prayer unto thee in an [l]acceptable time, even in the multitude of thy mercy: O God, hear me in the truth of thy salvation.

14 Deliver me out of the mire, that I sink not: let me be delivered from them that hate me, and out of the [m]deep waters.

15 Let not the water flood drown me, neither let the deep swallow me up: and let not the pit shut her mouth upon me.

16 Hear me, O Lord, for thy loving-kindness is good: turn unto me according to the multitude of thy tender mercies.

17 And [n]hide not thy face from thy servant, for I am in trouble; make haste and hear me.

18 Draw near unto my soul and redeem it: deliver me because of mine enemies.

19 Thou hast known my reproof and my shame, and my dishonor: all mine [o]adversaries are before thee.

20 Rebuke hath broken mine heart, and I am full of heaviness, and [p]I looked for some to have pity on me, but there was none: and for comforters, but I found none.

21 For they gave me gall in my meat, and in my thirst they gave me vinegar to drink.

22 Let their [q]table be a snare before them, and their prosperity their ruin.

23 Let their eyes be blinded that they see not: and make their [r]loins always to tremble.

24 Pour out thine anger upon them, and let thy wrathful displeasure take them.

25 Let their [s]habitation be void, and let none dwell in their tents.

26 For they persecute him, whom thou hast smitten: and they add unto the sorrow of them, whom thou hast wounded.

27 Lay [t]iniquity upon their iniquity, and let them not come into thy righteousness.

28 Let them be put out of the [u]book of life, neither let them be written with the righteous.

29 When I am poor and in heaviness, thine help, O God, shall exalt me.

30 I will praise the Name of God with a song, and magnify him with thanksgiving.

31 This also shall please the Lord better than a [v]young bullock that hath horns and hoofs.

32 The humble shall see this, and they that seek God shall be glad, and your heart shall live.

33 For the Lord heareth the poor, and despiseth not his [w]prisoners.

34 Let heaven and earth praise him: the seas and all that moveth in them.

35 For God will save Zion, and build the cities of Judah, that men may dwell there and have it in possession.

36 The [x]seed also of his servants shall inherit it: and they that love his name shall dwell therein.


  1. Psalm 69:1 Of Shoshannim, read Ps. 45.
  2. Psalm 69:1 David signifieth by the waters, in what great dangers he was, out of the which God did deliver him.
  3. Psalm 69:2 No firmity of stableness to settle my feet.
  4. Psalm 69:3 Though his senses failed him, yet his faith was constant and encouraged him still to pray.
  5. Psalm 69:4 Condemning me guiltless.
  6. Psalm 69:4 They judged me poor innocent as a thief, and gave my goods to others, as though I had stolen them.
  7. Psalm 69:5 Though I be guilty to theeward, yet am I innocent toward them.
  8. Psalm 69:6 Let not mine evil entreaty of the enemies be an occasion, that the faithful fall from thee.
  9. Psalm 69:9 When I saw thine enemies pretend thy Name only in mouth, and in their life deny the same, thine holy Spirit, thrust me forward, to reprove them and defend thy glory.
  10. Psalm 69:10 My zeal moved me to lament and pray for my salvation.
  11. Psalm 69:12 The more he sought to win them to God, the more they were against him both poor and rich.
  12. Psalm 69:13 Knowing that albeit I suffer now trouble, yet thou hast a time wherein thou hast appointed my deliverance.
  13. Psalm 69:14 He showeth a lively faith, in that that he assureth himself, that God is favorable to him, when he seemeth to be angry: and at hand when he seemeth to be far off.
  14. Psalm 69:17 Not that he feared that God would not hear him, but that care made him to think that God deferred long.
  15. Psalm 69:19 Thou seest that I am beset as a sheep among many wolves.
  16. Psalm 69:20 He showeth that it is in vain to put our trust in men in our great necessities, but that our comfort only dependeth of God: for man rather increaseth our sorrows, than diminisheth them, John 19:29.
  17. Psalm 69:22 He desireth God to execute his judgments against the reprobate, which cannot by any means be turned, Rom. 11:9.
  18. Psalm 69:23 Take both judgment and power from them, Acts 1:20.
  19. Psalm 69:25 Punish not only them, but their posterity, which shall be like unto them.
  20. Psalm 69:27 By their continuance and increasing in their sins, let it be known that they be of the reprobate.
  21. Psalm 69:28 They which seemed by their profession to have been written in thy book, yet by their fruits prove the contrary, let them be known as reprobate.
  22. Psalm 69:31 There is no sacrifice, which God more esteemeth, than thanksgiving for his benefits.
  23. Psalm 69:33 For as he delivered his servant David, so will he do all that are in distress, and call upon him.
  24. Psalm 69:36 Under the temporal promise of the land of Canaan, he comprehendeth the promise of life everlasting to the faithful and their posterity.