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Psalm 69


[Recommended tunes: 1-29 Coleshill, Stornoway; v 30-36 Bishopthorpe, St Leonard ]



To the chief Musician upon Shoshannim, A Psalm of David.


1Save me, O God, because the floods

do so environ me,

That ev'n unto my very soul

come in the waters be.

2I downward in deep mire do sink,

where standing there is none:

I am into deep waters come,

where floods have o'er me gone.


3I weary with my crying am,

my throat is also dry'd;

Mine eyes do fail, while for my God

I waiting do abide.

4Those men that do without a cause

bear hatred unto me,

Than are the hairs upon my head

in number more they be:


They that would me destroy, and are

mine en'mies wrongfully,

Are mighty: so what I took not,

to render forc'd was I.

5Lord, thou my folly know'st, my sins

not cover'd are from thee.

6Let none that wait on thee be sham'd,

Lord God of hosts, for me.


O Lord, the God of Israel ,

let none, who search do make,

And seek thee, be at any time

confounded for my sake.

7For I have borne reproach for thee,

my face is hid with shame.

8To brethren strange, to mother's sons

an alien I became.


9Because the zeal did eat me up,

which to thine house I bear;

And the reproaches cast at thee,

upon me fallen are.

10My tears and fasts, t' afflict my soul,

were turned to my shame.

11When sackcloth I did wear, to them

a proverb I became.


12The men that in the gate do sit

against me evil spake;

They also that vile drunkards were

of me their song did make.

13But, in an acceptable time,

my pray'r, Lord, is to thee:

In truth of thy salvation, Lord,

and mercy great, hear me.


14Deliver me out of the mire,

from sinking do me keep;

Free me from those that do me hate,

and from the waters deep.

15Let not the flood on me prevail,

whose water overflows;

Nor deep me swallow, nor the pit

her mouth upon me close.


16Hear me, O Lord, because thy love

and kindness is most good;

Turn unto me, according to

thy mercies' multitude.

17Nor from thy servant hide thy face:

I'm troubled, soon attend.

18Draw near my soul, and it redeem;

me from my foes defend.


19To thee is my reproach well known,

my shame, and my disgrace:

Those that mine adversaries be

are all before thy face.

20Reproach hath broke my heart; I'm full

of grief: I look'd for one

To pity me, but none I found;

comforters found I none.


21They also bitter gall did give

unto me for my meat:

They gave me vinegar to drink,

when as my thirst was great.

22Before them let their table prove

a snare; and do thou make

Their welfare and prosperity

a trap themselves to take.


23Let thou their eyes so darken'd be,

that sight may them forsake;

And let their loins be made by thee

continually to shake.

24Thy fury pour thou out on them,

and indignation;

And let thy wrathful anger, Lord,

fast hold take them upon.


25All waste and desolate let be

their habitation;

And in their tabernacles all

inhabitants be none.

26Because him they do persecute,

whom thou didst smite before;

They talk unto the grief of those

whom thou hast wounded sore.


27Add thou iniquity unto

their former wickedness;

And do not let them come at all

into thy righteousness.

28Out of the book of life let them

be raz'd and blotted quite;

Among the just and righteous

let not their names be writ.


29But now become exceeding poor

and sorrowful am I:

By thy salvation, O my God,

let me be set on high.

30The name of God I with a song

most cheerfully will praise;

And I, in giving thanks to him,

his name shall highly raise.


31This to the Lord a sacrifice

more gracious shall prove

Than bullock, ox, or any beast

that hath both horn and hoof.

32When this the humble men shall see,

it joy to them shall give:

O all ye that do seek the Lord,

your hearts shall ever live.


33For God the poor hears, and will not

his prisoners contemn.

34Let heav'n, and earth, and seas, him praise,

and all that move in them.

35For God will Judah's cities build,

and he will Sion save,

That they may dwell therein, and it

in sure possession have.


36And they that are his servants' seed

inherit shall the same;

So shall they have their dwelling there

that love his blessed name.



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