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Psalm 69:1-20Revised Standard Version (RSV)

Prayer for Deliverance from Persecution

To the choirmaster: according to Lilies. A Psalm of David.

69 Save me, O God!
For the waters have come up to my neck.
I sink in deep mire,
    where there is no foothold;
I have come into deep waters,
    and the flood sweeps over me.
I am weary with my crying;
    my throat is parched.
My eyes grow dim
    with waiting for my God.

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

Let not those who hope in thee be put to shame through me,
    O Lord God of hosts;
let not those who seek thee be brought to dishonor through me,
    O God of Israel.
For it is for thy sake that I have borne reproach,
    that shame has covered my face.
I have become a stranger to my brethren,
    an alien to my mother’s sons.

For zeal for thy house has consumed me,
    and the insults of those who insult thee have fallen on me.
10 When I humbled[a] my soul with fasting,
    it became my reproach.
11 When I made sackcloth my clothing,
    I became a byword to them.
12 I am the talk of those who sit in the gate,
    and the drunkards make songs about me.

13 But as for me, my prayer is to thee, O Lord.
    At an acceptable time, O God,
    in the abundance of thy steadfast love answer me.
With thy faithful help 14 rescue me
    from sinking in the mire;
let me be delivered from my enemies
    and from the deep waters.
15 Let not the flood sweep over me,
    or the deep swallow me up,
    or the pit close its mouth over me.

16 Answer me, O Lord, for thy steadfast love is good;
    according to thy abundant mercy, turn to me.
17 Hide not thy face from thy servant;
    for I am in distress, make haste to answer me.
18 Draw near to me, redeem me,
    set me free because of my enemies!

19 Thou knowest my reproach,
    and my shame and my dishonor;
    my foes are all known to thee.
20 Insults have broken my heart,
    so that I am in despair.
I looked for pity, but there was none;
    and for comforters, but I found none.

Footnotes:

  1. Psalm 69:10 Gk Syr: Heb I wept with fasting my soul or I made my soul mourn with fasting
Revised Standard Version (RSV)

Revised Standard Version of the Bible, copyright © 1946, 1952, and 1971 the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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