To the director on The Lilies. Of David.
1Save me, O God, for the waters have come clear to the soul.
2I have sunk down in deep mire, where there is no standing ground.
I have come into profound waters,
And a flowing stream itself has washed me away.
3I have become tired by my calling out;
My throat has become hoarse.
My eyes have failed while waiting for my God.
4Those hating me without a cause have become even more than the hairs of my head.
Those bringing me to silence, being my enemies for no reason, have become numerous.
What I had not taken by robbery I then proceeded to give back.
5O God, you yourself have come to know my foolishness,
And from you my own guiltiness has not been hidden.
6O may those hoping in you not be ashamed because of me,
O Sovereign Lord, Jehovah of armies.
O may those seeking you not be humiliated because of me,
O God of Israel.
7For on your account I have borne reproach,
Humiliation has covered my face.
8I have become one estranged to my brothers,
And a foreigner to the sons of my mother.
9For sheer zeal for your house has eaten me up,
And the very reproaches of those reproaching you have fallen upon me.
10And I proceeded to weep with the fasting of my soul,
But it came to be for reproaches to me.
11When I made sackcloth my clothing,
Then I became to them a proverbial saying.
12Those sitting in the gate began concerning themselves about me,
And [I was] the subject of the songs of drinkers of intoxicating liquor.
13But as for me, my prayer was to you, O Jehovah,
At an acceptable time, O God.
In the abundance of your loving‐kindness answer me with the truth of salvation by you.
14Deliver me from the mire, that I may not sink down.
O may I be delivered from those hating me and from the deep waters.
15O may not the flowing stream of waters wash me away,
Nor the depth swallow me up,
Nor the well close its mouth over me.
16Answer me, O Jehovah, for your loving‐kindness is good.
According to the multitude of your mercies turn to me,
17And do not conceal your face from your servant.
Because I am in sore straits, answer me quickly.
18Do come near to my soul, reclaim it;
On account of my enemies redeem me.
19You yourself have come to know my reproach and my shame and my humiliation.
All those showing hostility to me are in front of you.
20Reproach itself has broken my heart, and [the wound] is incurable.
And I kept hoping for someone to show sympathy, but there was none;
And for comforters, but I found none.
21But for food they gave [me] a poisonous plant,
And for my thirst they tried to make me drink vinegar.
22Let their table before them become a trap,
And what is for their welfare a snare.
23Let their eyes become darkened so as not to see;
And cause their very hips to wobble constantly.
24Pour out upon them your denunciation,
And may your own burning anger overtake them.
25Let their walled camp become desolate;
In their tents may there come to be no dweller.
26For the one whom you yourself have struck they have pursued,
And the pains of those pierced by you they keep recounting.
27Do give error upon their error,
And may they not come into your righteousness.
28Let them be wiped out of the book of the living ones,
And with the righteous ones may they not be written in.
29But I am afflicted and aching.
May your own salvation, O God, protect me.
30I will praise the name of God with song,
And I will magnify him with thanksgiving.
31This will also be more pleasing to Jehovah than a bull,
Than a young bull displaying horns, splitting the hoof.
32The meek ones will certainly see [it]; they will rejoice.
YOU who are seeking God, let YOUR heart also keep alive.
33For Jehovah is listening to the poor ones,
And he will indeed not despise his very own prisoners.
34Let heaven and earth praise him,
The seas and everything moving about in them.
35For God himself will save Zion
And will build the cities of Judah;
And they will certainly dwell there and take possession of it.
36And the offspring of his servants themselves will inherit it,
And those loving his name will be the ones to reside in it.