Save Me, O God

To the choirmaster: according to (A)Lilies. Of David.

69 Save me, O God!
    For (B)the waters have come up to my neck.[a]
I sink in deep (C)mire,
    where there is no foothold;
I have come into deep waters,
    and the flood (D)sweeps over me.
(E)I am weary with my crying out;
    (F)my throat is parched.
(G)My eyes grow dim
    with (H)waiting for my God.

(I)More in number than the hairs of my head
    are (J)those who hate me (K)without cause;
mighty are those who would destroy me,
    (L)those who attack me with lies.
What I did not steal
    must I now restore?
O God, you know my folly;
    the wrongs I have done are not hidden from you.

Let not those who hope in you (M)be put to shame through me,
    O Lord God of hosts;
let not those who seek you be brought to dishonor through me,
    O God of Israel.
For it is (N)for your sake that I have borne reproach,
    that dishonor has covered my face.
I have become (O)a stranger to my brothers,
    an alien to my mother's sons.

For (P)zeal for your house has consumed me,
    and (Q)the reproaches of those who reproach you have fallen on me.
10 When I wept and humbled[b] my soul with fasting,
    it became my reproach.
11 When I made (R)sackcloth my clothing,
    I became (S)a byword to them.
12 I am the talk of those who (T)sit in the gate,
    and the drunkards make (U)songs about me.

13 But as for me, my (V)prayer is to you, O Lord.
    At (W)an acceptable time, O God,
    in the abundance of your steadfast love answer me in your saving faithfulness.
14 Deliver me
    from sinking in (X)the mire;
(Y)let me be delivered from my enemies
    and from (Z)the deep waters.
15 Let not the flood sweep over me,
    or the deep swallow me up,
    or (AA)the pit close (AB)its mouth over me.

16 Answer me, O Lord, for your (AC)steadfast love is good;
    according to your abundant (AD)mercy, (AE)turn to me.
17 (AF)Hide not your face from your servant,
    (AG)for I am in distress; (AH)make haste to answer me.
18 Draw near to my soul, redeem me;
    ransom me because of my enemies!

19 You know my (AI)reproach,
    and my shame and my dishonor;
    my foes are all known to you.
20 (AJ)Reproaches have broken my heart,
    so that I am in (AK)despair.
I (AL)looked for (AM)pity, but there was none,
    and for (AN)comforters, but I found none.
21 They gave me (AO)poison for food,
    and for my thirst they gave me (AP)sour wine to drink.

22 (AQ)Let their own (AR)table before them become a snare;
    (AS)and when they are at peace, let it become a trap.[c]
23 (AT)Let their eyes be darkened, so that they cannot see,
    (AU)and make their loins tremble continually.
24 Pour out your indignation upon them,
    and let your burning anger overtake them.
25 (AV)May their camp be a desolation;
    let no one dwell in their tents.
26 For they (AW)persecute him whom (AX)you have struck down,
    and they recount the pain of (AY)those you have wounded.
27 (AZ)Add to them punishment upon punishment;
    may they have no acquittal from you.[d]
28 Let them be (BA)blotted out of the book of the living;
    let them not be (BB)enrolled among the righteous.

29 But I am afflicted and in pain;
    let your salvation, O God, (BC)set me on high!

30 I will (BD)praise the name of God with a song;
    I will (BE)magnify him with (BF)thanksgiving.
31 This will (BG)please the Lord more than an ox
    or a bull (BH)with horns and hoofs.
32 When (BI)the humble see it they will be glad;
    you who seek God, (BJ)let your hearts revive.
33 For the Lord hears the needy
    and (BK)does not despise his own people who are prisoners.

34 Let (BL)heaven and earth praise him,
    the seas and everything that moves in them.
35 For (BM)God will save Zion
    and build up the cities of Judah,
and people shall dwell there and possess it;
36     (BN)the offspring of his servants shall inherit it,
    and those who love his name shall dwell in it.

O Lord, Do Not Delay

To the choirmaster. Of David, (BO)for the memorial offering.

70 (BP)Make haste, O God, to deliver me!
    O Lord, make haste to help me!
Let them be put to shame and confusion
    who seek my life!
Let them be turned back and brought to dishonor
    who delight in my hurt!
Let them turn back because of their shame
    who say, “Aha, Aha!”

May all who seek you
    rejoice and be glad in you!
May those who love your salvation
    say evermore, “God is great!”
But I am poor and needy;
    (BQ)hasten to me, O God!
You are my help and my deliverer;
    O Lord, do not delay!

Forsake Me Not When My Strength Is Spent

71 (BR)In you, O Lord, do I take refuge;
    let me never be put to shame!
In your righteousness deliver me and rescue me;
    incline your ear to me, and save me!
Be to me a rock of (BS)refuge,
    to which I may continually come;
you have (BT)given the command to save me,
    for you are my (BU)rock and my fortress.

(BV)Rescue me, O my God, from the hand of the wicked,
    from the grasp of the unjust and cruel man.
For you, O Lord, are my (BW)hope,
    my trust, O Lord, from my youth.
Upon you I have leaned (BX)from before my birth;
    you are he who (BY)took me from my mother's womb.
My praise is continually of you.

I have been as (BZ)a portent to many,
    but you are my strong refuge.
My (CA)mouth is filled with your praise,
    and with your glory all the day.
(CB)Do not cast me off in the time of old age;
    forsake me not when my strength is spent.
10 For my enemies speak concerning me;
    those who (CC)watch for my life (CD)consult together
11 and say, “God has forsaken him;
    pursue and seize him,
    for there is none to deliver him.”

12 O God, be not (CE)far from me;
    O my God, (CF)make haste to help me!
13 May my accusers be (CG)put to shame and consumed;
    (CH)with scorn and disgrace may they be covered
    who (CI)seek my hurt.
14 But I will (CJ)hope continually
    and will (CK)praise you yet more and more.
15 My (CL)mouth will tell of your righteous acts,
    of your deeds of salvation all the day,
    for (CM)their number is past my knowledge.
16 With the mighty deeds of the Lord God I will come;
    I will remind them of your righteousness, yours alone.

17 O God, from my youth you have taught me,
    and I still proclaim your wondrous deeds.
18 So even to (CN)old age and gray hairs,
    O God, (CO)do not forsake me,
until I proclaim your might to another generation,
    your power to all those to come.
19 Your (CP)righteousness, O God,
    reaches the high heavens.
You who have done (CQ)great things,
    O God, (CR)who is like you?
20 You who have (CS)made me see many troubles and calamities
    will (CT)revive me again;
from the depths of the earth
    you will bring me up again.
21 You will increase my greatness
    and comfort me again.

22 I will also praise you with (CU)the harp
    for your faithfulness, O my God;
I will sing praises to you with the lyre,
    O (CV)Holy One of Israel.
23 My lips will shout for joy,
    when I sing praises to you;
    my soul also, which you have (CW)redeemed.
24 And my (CX)tongue will talk of your righteous help all the day long,
for they have been (CY)put to shame and disappointed
    who sought to do me hurt.


  1. Psalm 69:1 Or waters threaten my life
  2. Psalm 69:10 Hebrew lacks and humbled
  3. Psalm 69:22 Hebrew; a slight revocalization yields (compare Septuagint, Syriac, Jerome) a snare, and retribution and a trap
  4. Psalm 69:27 Hebrew may they not come into your righteousness

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