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Psalm 69 International Children’s Bible (ICB)

A Cry for Help

For the director of music. To the tune of “Lilies.” A song of David.

69 God, save me.
    The water has risen to my neck.
I’m sinking down into the mud.
    There is nothing to stand on.
I am in deep water.
    The flood covers me.
I am tired from calling for help.
    My throat is sore.
My eyes are tired from waiting
    for God to help me.
There are more people who hate me for no reason
    than hairs on my head.
Those who want to destroy me are powerful.
    My enemies are liars.
They make me pay back
    what I did not steal.

God, you know what I have done wrong.
    I cannot hide my guilt from you.
Master, the Lord of heaven’s armies,
    do not let those who hope in you be ashamed because of me.
God of Israel,
    do not let your worshipers
    be disgraced because of me.
For you, I carry this shame.
    My face is covered with disgrace.
I am like a stranger to my brothers.
    I am like a foreigner to my mother’s sons.
My strong love for your Temple completely controls me.
    When people insult you, it hurts me.
10 When I cry and go without food,
    they make fun of me.
11 When I wear rough cloth to show my sadness,
    they joke about me.
12 They make fun of me in public places.
    The drunkards make up songs about me.

13 But I pray to you, Lord.
    I pray that you will accept me.
God, because of your great love, answer me.
    You are truly able to save.
14 Pull me from the mud.
    Do not let me sink.
Save me from those who hate me
    and from the deep water.
15 Do not let the flood drown me.
    Do not let the deep water swallow me.
    Do not let the grave close its mouth over me.
16 Lord, answer me because your love is so good.
    Because of your great kindness, turn to me.
17 Do not hide from me, your servant.
    I am in trouble. Hurry to help me!
18 Come near and save me.
    Rescue me from my enemies.

19 You see my shame and disgrace.
    You know all my enemies and what they have said.
20 Insults have broken my heart.
    I am weak.
I looked for sympathy, but there was none.
    I found no one to comfort me.
21 They put poison in my food.
    They gave me vinegar to drink.

22 Let their own feasts cause their ruin.
    Let their feasts trap them and pay them back.
23 Let their eyes be closed so they cannot see.
    Let their backs be forever weak from troubles.
24 Pour your anger out on them.
    Show them how angry you are.
25 May their place be empty.
    Leave no one to live in their tents.
26 They chase after those you have hurt.
    They talk about the pain of those you have wounded.
27 Charge them with crime after crime.
    Do not let them have anything good.
28 Wipe their names from the book of life.
    Do not list them with those who do what is right.

29 I am sad and hurting.
    God, save me and protect me.

30 I will praise God in a song.
    I will honor him by giving thanks.
31 That will please the Lord more than offering him cattle.
    It will please him more than the sacrifice of a bull with horns and hooves.
32 People who are not proud will see this and be glad.
    Be encouraged, you who worship God.
33 The Lord listens to those in need.
    He does not look down on captives.

34 Heaven and earth should praise him.
    The seas and everything in them should also.
35 God will save Jerusalem.
    He will rebuild the cities of Judah.
    Then people will live there and own the land.
36     The descendants of his servants will inherit that land.
    Those who love him will live there.

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Psalm 69 New International Version (NIV)

Psalm 69[a]

For the director of music. To the tune of “Lilies.” Of David.

Save me, O God,
    for the waters have come up to my neck.
I sink in the miry depths,
    where there is no foothold.
I have come into the deep waters;
    the floods engulf me.
I am worn out calling for help;
    my throat is parched.
My eyes fail,
    looking for my God.
Those who hate me without reason
    outnumber the hairs of my head;
many are my enemies without cause,
    those who seek to destroy me.
I am forced to restore
    what I did not steal.

You, God, know my folly;
    my guilt is not hidden from you.

Lord, the Lord Almighty,
    may those who hope in you
    not be disgraced because of me;
God of Israel,
    may those who seek you
    not be put to shame because of me.
For I endure scorn for your sake,
    and shame covers my face.
I am a foreigner to my own family,
    a stranger to my own mother’s children;
for zeal for your house consumes me,
    and the insults of those who insult you fall on me.
10 When I weep and fast,
    I must endure scorn;
11 when I put on sackcloth,
    people make sport of me.
12 Those who sit at the gate mock me,
    and I am the song of the drunkards.

13 But I pray to you, Lord,
    in the time of your favor;
in your great love, O God,
    answer me with your sure salvation.
14 Rescue me from the mire,
    do not let me sink;
deliver me from those who hate me,
    from the deep waters.
15 Do not let the floodwaters engulf me
    or the depths swallow me up
    or the pit close its mouth over me.

16 Answer me, Lord, out of the goodness of your love;
    in your great mercy turn to me.
17 Do not hide your face from your servant;
    answer me quickly, for I am in trouble.
18 Come near and rescue me;
    deliver me because of my foes.

19 You know how I am scorned, disgraced and shamed;
    all my enemies are before you.
20 Scorn has broken my heart
    and has left me helpless;
I looked for sympathy, but there was none,
    for comforters, but I found none.
21 They put gall in my food
    and gave me vinegar for my thirst.

22 May the table set before them become a snare;
    may it become retribution and[b] a trap.
23 May their eyes be darkened so they cannot see,
    and their backs be bent forever.
24 Pour out your wrath on them;
    let your fierce anger overtake them.
25 May their place be deserted;
    let there be no one to dwell in their tents.
26 For they persecute those you wound
    and talk about the pain of those you hurt.
27 Charge them with crime upon crime;
    do not let them share in your salvation.
28 May they be blotted out of the book of life
    and not be listed with the righteous.

29 But as for me, afflicted and in pain—
    may your salvation, God, protect me.

30 I will praise God’s name in song
    and glorify him with thanksgiving.
31 This will please the Lord more than an ox,
    more than a bull with its horns and hooves.
32 The poor will see and be glad
    you who seek God, may your hearts live!
33 The Lord hears the needy
    and does not despise his captive people.

34 Let heaven and earth praise him,
    the seas and all that move in them,
35 for God will save Zion
    and rebuild the cities of Judah.
Then people will settle there and possess it;
36     the children of his servants will inherit it,
    and those who love his name will dwell there.


  1. Psalm 69:1 In Hebrew texts 69:1-36 is numbered 69:2-37.
  2. Psalm 69:22 Or snare / and their fellowship become
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