Salvum me fac
1 Save me, O God,*
for the waters have come up even to my neck.
2 I sink down in the deep mire, where there is no ground;*
I have come into deep waters, so that the floods run over me.
3 I am weary of crying; my throat is dry;*
my sight fails me from waiting so long for my God.
4 Those who hate me without a cause are more than the hairs of my head;*
those who are my enemies, and would destroy me wrongfully, are mighty.
5 They bid me restore things I never took.*
O God, you know my foolishness, and my faults are not hidden from you.
6 Let not those who trust in you, O Lord God of hosts, be ashamed because of me;*
let not those who seek you be confounded through me, O God of Israel.
7 Surely for your sake have I suffered reproach;*
shame has covered my face.
8 I have become a stranger to my brethren,*
unknown to my mother's children,
9 Because zeal for your house has consumed me,*
and the reproaches of those who reproached you have fallen upon me.
10 I wept, and humbled myself with fasting,*
but that was turned to my reproach.
11 I put on sackcloth also,*
and I became a byword among them.
12 Those who sit in the gate speak against me,*
and the drunkards make songs about me.
13 But, Lord, I make my prayer to you*
in an acceptable time.
14 Hear me, O God, in the multitude of your mercy,*
even in the truth of your salvation.
15 Take me out of the mire, lest I sink;*
O let me be delivered from those who hate me, and out of the deep waters.
16 Let not the floodwaters drown me, neither let the deep swallow me up,*
and let not the pit shut its mouth upon me.
17 Hear me, O Lord, for your loving-kindness is good;*
turn to me according to the multitude of your mercies;
18 And hide not your face from your servant, for I am in trouble;*
O hasten and hear me.
19 Draw near to me and save me;*
O deliver me because of my enemies.
20 You have known my reproach, my shame, and my dishonor;*
my adversaries are all in your sight.
21 Reproach has broken my heart; I am full of heaviness;*
I looked for some to have pity on me, but there was no one, neither have I found any to comfort me.
22 They gave me gall to eat,*
and when I was thirsty they gave me vinegar to drink.
23 Let their table become a snare for them,*
and let their prosperity become a trap for them.
24 Let their eyes be blinded, that they may not see,*
and make their loins tremble continually.
25 Pour out your indignation upon them,*
and let your wrathful displeasure overtake them.
26 Let their habitation be desolate,*
and let no one dwell in their tents.
27 For they persecute him whom you have stricken,*
and they talk of the pain of those you have wounded.
28 Lay to their charge guilt upon guilt,*
and let them not receive your vindication.
29 Let them be wiped out of the book of the living,*
and not be written among the righteous.
30 As for me, when I am poor and in pain,*
your help, O God, shall lift me up.
31 I will praise the Name of God with a song,*
and magnify it with thanksgiving.
32 This also shall please the Lord*
more than an ox or a bullock that has horns and hooves.
33 The humble shall consider this and be glad;*
seek after God and your hearts shall live.
34 For the Lord hears the poor*
and does not despise his prisoners.
35 Let heaven and earth praise him,*
the sea, and all that moves therein.
36 For God will save Zion and build the cities of Judah,*
that they may dwell there and have it in possession.
37 The posterity of his servants shall inherit it,*
and those who love his Name shall dwell therein.
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