1 Save me, O God, ♦︎
for the waters have come up, even to my neck.
2 I sink in deep mire where there is no foothold; ♦︎
I have come into deep waters and the flood sweeps over me.
3 I have grown weary with crying; my throat is raw; ♦︎
my eyes have failed from looking so long for my God.
4 Those who hate me without any cause ♦︎
are more than the hairs of my head;
5 Those who would destroy me are mighty; ♦︎
my enemies accuse me falsely:
must I now give back what I never stole?
6 O God, you know my foolishness, ♦︎
and my faults are not hidden from you.
7 Let not those who hope in you
be put to shame through me, Lord God of hosts; ♦︎
let not those who seek you be disgraced because of me,
O God of Israel.
8 For your sake have I suffered reproach; ♦︎
shame has covered my face.
9 I have become a stranger to my kindred, ♦︎
an alien to my mothers children.
10 Zeal for your house has eaten me up; ♦︎
the scorn of those who scorn you has fallen upon me.
11 I humbled myself with fasting, ♦︎
but that was turned to my reproach.
12 I put on sackcloth also ♦︎
and became a byword among them.
13 Those who sit at the gate murmur against me, ♦︎
and the drunkards make songs about me.
14 But as for me, I make my prayer to you, O Lord; ♦︎
at an acceptable time, O God.
15 Answer me, O God, in the abundance of your mercy ♦︎
and with your sure salvation.
16 Draw me out of the mire, that I sink not; ♦︎
let me be rescued from those who hate me
and out of the deep waters.
17 Let not the water flood drown me,
neither the deep swallow me up; ♦︎
let not the Pit shut its mouth upon me.
18 Answer me, Lord, for your loving-kindness is good; ♦︎
turn to me in the multitude of your mercies.
19 Hide not your face from your servant; ♦︎
be swift to answer me, for I am in trouble.
20 Draw near to my soul and redeem me; ♦︎
deliver me because of my enemies.
21 You know my reproach, my shame and my dishonour; ♦︎
my adversaries are all in your sight.
22 Reproach has broken my heart; I am full of heaviness. ♦︎
I looked for some to have pity, but there was no one,
neither found I any to comfort me.
23 They gave me gall to eat, ♦︎
and when I was thirsty, they gave me vinegar to drink.
24 Let the table before them be a trap ♦︎
and their sacred feasts a snare.
25 Let their eyes be darkened, that they cannot see, ♦︎
and give them continual trembling in their loins.
26 Pour out your indignation upon them, ♦︎
and let the heat of your anger overtake them.
27 Let their camp be desolate, ♦︎
and let there be no one to dwell in their tents.
28 For they persecute the one whom you have stricken, ♦︎
and increase the sorrows of him whom you have pierced.
29 Lay to their charge guilt upon guilt, ♦︎
and let them not receive your vindication.
30 Let them be wiped out of the book of the living ♦︎
and not be written among the righteous.
31 As for me, I am poor and in misery; ♦︎
your saving help, O God, will lift me up.
32 I will praise the name of God with a song; ♦︎
I will proclaim his greatness with thanksgiving.
33 This will please the Lord more than an offering of oxen, ♦︎
more than bulls with horns and hooves.
34 The humble shall see and be glad; ♦︎
you who seek God, your heart shall live.
35 For the Lord listens to the needy, ♦︎
and his own who are imprisoned he does not despise.
36 Let the heavens and the earth praise him, ♦︎
the seas and all that moves in them;
37 For God will save Zion and rebuild the cities of Judah; ♦︎
they shall live there and have it in possession.
38 The children of his servants shall inherit it, ♦︎
and they that love his name shall dwell therein.