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To the director on The Lilies.*+ Of David. 69 Save me, O God, for the waters have come clear to the soul.*+ 2 I 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.+ 3 I have become tired by my calling out;+ My throat has become hoarse. My eyes have failed while waiting for my God.+ 4 Those 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. 5 O God, you yourself have come to know my foolishness, And from you my own guiltiness has not been hidden.+ 6 O 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.+ 7 For on your account I have borne reproach,+ Humiliation has covered my face.+ 8 I have become one estranged to my brothers,+ And a foreigner to the sons of my mother.+ 9 For sheer zeal for your house has eaten me up,+ And the very reproaches of those reproaching you have fallen upon me.+ 10 And I proceeded to weep with the fasting of my soul,+ But it came to be for reproaches to me.+ 11 When I made sackcloth my clothing, Then I became to them a proverbial saying.+ 12 Those sitting in the gate began concerning themselves about me,+ And [I was] the subject of the songs of drinkers of intoxicating liquor.+ 13 But 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.+ 14 Deliver me from the mire, that I may not sink down.+ O may I be delivered from those hating me+ and from the deep waters.+ 15 O may not the flowing stream of waters wash me away,+ Nor the depth swallow me up, Nor the well close its mouth over me.+ 16 Answer me, O Jehovah, for your loving-kindness is good.+ According to the multitude of your mercies turn to me,+ 17 And do not conceal your face from your servant.+ Because I am in sore straits, answer me quickly.+ 18 Do come near to my soul, reclaim it;+ On account of my enemies redeem me.+ 19 You yourself have come to know my reproach and my shame and my humiliation.+ All those showing hostility to me are in front of you.+ 20 Reproach 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.+ 21 But for food* they gave [me] a poisonous plant,*+ And for my thirst they tried to make me drink vinegar.+ 22 Let their table before them become a trap,+ And what is for their welfare a snare.+ 23 Let their eyes become darkened so as not to see;+ And cause their very hips to wobble constantly.+ 24 Pour out upon them your denunciation,+ And may your own burning anger overtake them.+ 25 Let their walled camp become desolate;+ In their tents may there come to be no dweller.+ 26 For the one whom you yourself have struck they have pursued,+ And the pains of those pierced by you they keep recounting. 27 Do give error upon their error,+ And may they not come into your righteousness.+ 28 Let them be wiped out of the book of the living ones,*+ And with the righteous ones may they not be written in.+ 29 But I am afflicted and aching.+ May your own salvation, O God, protect me.+ 30 I will praise the name of God* with song,+ And I will magnify him with thanksgiving.+ 31 This will also be more pleasing to Jehovah* than a bull,+ Than a young bull displaying horns, splitting the hoof.+ 32 The meek ones will certainly see [it]; they will rejoice.+ YOU who are seeking God, let YOUR heart also keep alive.+ 33 For Jehovah is listening to the poor ones,+ And he will indeed not despise his very own prisoners.*+ 34 Let heaven and earth praise him,+ The seas and everything moving about in them.+ 35 For God himself will save Zion+ And will build the cities of Judah;+ And they will certainly dwell there and take possession of it.*+ 36 And the offspring* of his servants themselves will inherit it,+ And those loving his name will be the ones to reside in it.+
^ See 45:Sup ftn, “Lilies.”
^ Or, “life.” Heb., naʹphesh; T(Aram.)Syr., naph·shaʼ; Gr., psy·khesʹ; Lat., aʹni·mam.
^ “And a flowing stream.” Heb., weshib·boʹleth.
^ “Jehovah.” Heb., Yehwahʹ; Fragment SymP. Vindob. G. 39777, the Tetragrammaton in archaic Heb. characters. See App 1C §9.
^ Or, “bread of consolation.”
^ Or, “they proceeded to put poison.”
^ Or, “book of life.”
^ “God.” Heb., ʼElo·himʹ. Fragment SymP. Vindob. G. 39777 has here “Jehovah God,” with the Tetragrammaton in archaic Heb. characters. See App 1C §9.
^ See App 1C §9.
^ Or, “those of his who are prisoners.”
^ “It,” fem., referring to the land.
^ Lit., “seed.”