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The cords of death encompassed me;
    the torrents of destruction terrified me.

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Save me, God,
    for the waters[a] have reached my neck.(A)

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  1. 69:2 Waters: the waters of chaos from which God created the world are a common metaphor for extreme distress, cf. Ps 18:5; 42:8; 88:8; Jon 2:3–6.