A Plea for Rescue
1Save me, God,
2I have sunk in deep mud, and there is no footing;
I have come into deep water,
3I am weary from my crying;
my throat is parched.
4Those who hate me without cause
are more numerous than the hairs of my head;
my deceitful enemies, who would destroy me,
are powerful.69:4 Ps 38:19
5God, you know my foolishness,
6Do not let those who put their hope in you
be disgraced because of me,
Lord God of Armies;
do not let those who seek you
be humiliated because of me,
God of Israel.69:6 Ps 25:2–3
7For I have endured insults because of you,
8I have become a stranger to my brothers
and the insults of those who insult you
10I mourned and fasted,
11I wore sackcloth as my clothing,
and I was a joke to them.
12Those who sit at the city gate talk about me,
13But as for me, Lord,
my prayer to you is for a time of favor.
In your abundant, faithful love, God,
14Rescue me from the miry mud; don’t let me sink.
Let me be rescued from those who hate me
and from the deep water.69:14 Ps 144:7
15Don’t let the floodwaters sweep over me
or the deep swallow me up;
16Answer me, Lord,
for your faithful love is good.
In keeping with your abundant compassion,
17Don’t hide your face from your servant,
for I am in distress.
18Come near to me and redeem me;
ransom me because of my enemies.69:18 Ps 119:134
19You know the insults I endure —
my shame and disgrace.
You are aware of all my adversaries.69:19 Jr 15:15
20Insults have broken my heart,
and I am in despair.
I waited for sympathy,
but there was none;
21Instead, they gave me gall for my food,
and for my thirst
22Let their table set before them be a snare,
23Let their eyes grow too dim to see,
24Pour out your rage on them,
25Make their fortification desolate;
26For they persecute the one you struck
27Charge them with crime on top of crime;
28Let them be erased from the book of life
29But as for me — poor and in pain —
30I will praise God’s name with song
31That will please the Lord more than an ox,
32The humble will see it and rejoice.
33For the Lord listens to the needy
and does not despise
34Let heaven and earth praise him,
35for God will save Zion
and build up69:35 Or and rebuild the cities of Judah.
36The descendants of his servants will inherit it,