1[For the choirmaster Tune: 'Lilies . . .' Of David] Save me, God, for the waters have closed in on myvery being. 2I am sinking in the deepest swamp and there is no firm ground. I have stepped into deep water andthe waves are washing over me. 3I am exhausted with cal ing out, my throat is hoarse, my eyes are worn out with searching for my God. 4More numerous than the hairs of my head are those who hate me without reason. Those who seek toget rid of me are powerful, my treacherous enemies. (Must I give back what I have never stolen?) 5God, you know how foolish I am, my offences are not hidden from you. 6Those who hope in you must not be made fools of, Yahweh Sabaoth, because of me! Those who seekyou must not be disgraced, God of Israel, because of me! 7It is for you I bear insults, my face is covered with shame, 8I am estranged from my brothers, alienated from my own mother's sons; 9for I am eaten up with zeal for your house, and insults directed against you fall on me. 10I mortify myself with fasting, and find myself insulted for it, 11I dress myself in sackcloth and become their laughing-stock, 12the gossip of people sitting at the gate, and the theme of drunkards' songs. 13And so, I pray to you, Yahweh, at the time of your favour; in your faithful love answer me, in theconstancy of your saving power. 14Rescue me from the mire before I sink in; so I shal be saved from those who hate me, from thewatery depths. 15Let not the waves wash over me, nor the deep swal ow me up, nor the pit close its mouth on me. 16Answer me, Yahweh, for your faithful love is generous; in your tenderness turn towards me; 17do not turn away from your servant, be quick to answer me, for I am in trouble. 18Come to my side, redeem me, ransom me because of my enemies. 19You know well the insults, the shame and disgrace I endure. Every one of my oppressors is known toyou. 20Insult has broken my heart past cure. I hoped for sympathy, but in vain, for consolers -- not one to befound. 21To eat they gave me poison, to drink, vinegar when I was thirsty. 22May their own table prove a trap for them, and their abundance a snare; 23may their eyes grow so dim that they cannot see, al their muscles lose their strength. 24Vent your fury on them, let your burning anger overtake them. 25Reduce their encampment to ruin, and leave their tents untenanted, 26for hounding someone you had already stricken, for redoubling the pain of one you had wounded. 27Charge them with crime after crime, exclude them from your saving justice, 28erase them from the book of life, do not enrol them among the upright. 29For myself, wounded wretch that I am, by your saving power raise me up! 30I wil praise God's name in song, I wil extol him by thanksgiving, 31for this wil please Yahweh more than an ox, than a bullock horned and hoofed. 32The humble have seen and are glad. Let your courage revive, you who seek God. 33For God listens to the poor, he has never scorned his captive people. 34Let heaven and earth and seas, and al that stirs in them, acclaim him! 35For God wil save Zion, and rebuild the cities of Judah, and people will live there on their own land; 36the descendants of his servants wil inherit it, and those who love his name wil dwell there.
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