To the chief Musician. Shoshannim. A Psalm of David
1 Deliver me, O God; for the waters have come in upon my soul!
2 I sink in deep mire, where there is no standing; I have come into deep waters, where the floods have overflowed me.
3 I am weary from my crying; my throat is dried; my eyes fail while I wait for my God.
4 They who hate me without a cause are more than the hairs of my head; my deceitful
enemies who would destroy me are mighty. I am made to bring back what I did not take
5 O God, You know my folly, and my guilt is not hidden from You.
6 Do not let those who wait upon You, O Lord Jehovah of Hosts, be ashamed because of
me; let not those who seek You be put to shame because of me, O God of Israel,
7 because I have borne reproach for Your sake, shame has covered my face.
8 I have become a stranger to My brothers, and a foreigner to My mother's children.
9 For the zeal of Your house has eaten Me up; and the reproaches of those who
reproached You have fallen upon Me.
10 When I wept in my soul with fasting, it became my reproach.
11 I also made sackcloth my clothing, and I became a byword to them.
12 Those who sit in the gate speak against me, and I am the taunting song of the
13 But as for me, my prayer is to You, O Jehovah, in a favorable time; O God, in the
multitude of Your mercies hear me, in the truth of Your salvation.
14 Rescue me out of the mire, and let me not sink; let me be rescued from those who
hate me, and out of the deep waters.
15 Do not let the flood of waters overflow me, nor let the deep swallow me up, and let
not the pit shut its mouth upon me.
16 Hear me, O Jehovah, for Your lovingkindness is good; turn to me according to the
multitude of Your tender mercies.
17 And hide not Your face from Your servant; for I am in trouble; hear me speedily.
18 Draw near to My soul, and redeem it; deliver Me because of My enemies.
19 You have known My reproach, and My shame, and My dishonor; My enemies are all
20 Reproach has broken My heart, and I am full of heaviness. I looked for someone to
show pity, but there was no one; and for comforters, but I found none.
21 They also gave Me gall for my food; and in My thirst they gave Me vinegar to drink.
22 Let their table become a snare before them; and to those at peace, a trap.
23 Let their eyes be darkened, so that they do not see; and make their loins shake
24 Pour out Your indignation upon them, and let Your burning anger take hold of them.
25 Let their dwelling place be desolate; let no one dwell in their tents.
26 For they have persecuted the ones whom You have stricken, and they talk to the grief
of those You pierced.
27 Add iniquity to their iniquity, and let them not come into Your righteousness.
28 Let them be blotted out of the Book of Life, and not be written with the righteous.
29 But I am lowly and in pain; let Your salvation, O God, set me up on high.
30 I will praise the name of God with a song, and will magnify Him with thanksgiving.
31 This also shall please Jehovah better than an ox or a bull that has horns and hooves.
32 The lowly shall see and be glad; and your heart shall live, you who seek God.
33 For Jehovah hears the needy, and does not despise His prisoners.
34 Let the heavens and earth praise Him, the seas, and everything that moves in them.
35 For God will deliver Zion, and will build the cities of Judah, that they may dwell
there and possess it.
36 And the seed of His servants shall inherit it, and those who love His name shall dwell