Psalm 69
A Plea for Rescue
For the choir director: according to “The Lilies.”69:0 Ps 45; 60; 80 Of David.
1Save me, God,
for the water has risen to my neck.69:1 Jb 22:11; Ps 32:6; Jnh 2:5
2I have sunk in deep mud, and there is no footing;
I have come into deep water,
and a flood sweeps over me.69:2 Ps 40:2; 124:4; Jnh 2:3
3I am weary from my crying;
my throat is parched.
My eyes fail, looking for my God.69:3 Ps 6:6; 38:10; 119:82,123
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
Though I did not steal, I must repay.69:4 Lv 6:2–5; Ps 35:19; Jn 15:25

5God, you know my foolishness,
and my guilty acts are not hidden from you.69:5 Ps 38:5; 44:21
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,
and shame has covered my face.69:7 Ps 44:15; Is 50:6; Jr 51:51
8I have become a stranger to my brothers
and a foreigner to my mother’s sons69:8 Jb 19:13–14; Ps 31:11; 38:11
9because zeal for your house has consumed me,69:9 Jn 2:17
and the insults of those who insult you
have fallen on me.69:9 Ps 89:50; Rm 15:3
10I mourned and fasted,
but it brought me insults.69:10 Ps 35:13; 109:24–25
11I wore sackcloth as my clothing,
and I was a joke to them.
12Those who sit at the city gate talk about me,
and drunkards make up songs about me.69:11–12 Jb 17:6; 30:9; Ps 44:14; Jr 24:9

13But as for me, Lord,
my prayer to you is for a time of favor.
In your abundant, faithful love, God,
answer me with your sure salvation.69:13 Ps 109:4; Is 49:8; 2Co 6:2
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;
don’t let the Pit close its mouth over me.69:15 Nm 16:33; Ps 55:23
16Answer me, Lord,
for your faithful love is good.
In keeping with your abundant compassion,
turn to me.69:16 Ps 25:16; 109:21
17Don’t hide your face from your servant,
for I am in distress.
Answer me quickly!69:17 Ps 27:9; 102:2
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;
for comforters, but found no one.69:20 Ps 142:4; Is 63:5
21Instead, they gave me gall for my food,
and for my thirst
they gave me vinegar to drink.69:21 Mt 27:34,48; Jn 19:29

22Let their table set before them be a snare,
and let it be a trap for their allies.69:22 Ps 35:4–8; Rm 11:9–10; 1Th 5:3
23Let their eyes grow too dim to see,
and let their hips continually quake.69:23 Is 6:10; Ezk 29:7; Dn 5:6
24Pour out your rage on them,
and let your burning anger overtake them.69:24 Ps 79:6; Ezk 21:31; Zph 3:8
25Make their fortification desolate;
may no one live in their tents.69:25 Mt 23:38; Lk 13:35; Ac 1:20
26For they persecute the one you struck
and talk about the pain of those you wounded.69:26 2Ch 28:9; Is 53:4; Zch 1:15
27Charge them with crime on top of crime;
do not let them share in your righteousness.69:27 Neh 4:5; Ps 109:14
28Let them be erased from the book of life
and not be recorded with the righteous.69:28 Ex 32:32; Dn 12:1; Rv 3:5

29But as for me — poor and in pain —
let your salvation protect me, God.69:29 Ps 20:1; 70:5
30I will praise God’s name with song
and exalt him with thanksgiving.69:30 Ps 100:4; 107:22
31That will please the Lord more than an ox,
more than a bull with horns and hooves.69:31 Ps 50:13–14; 51:16
32The humble will see it and rejoice.
You who seek God, take heart!69:32 Ps 22:26; 34:2
33For the Lord listens to the needy
and does not despise
his own who are prisoners.69:33 Ps 12:5; 68:6; 146:7

34Let heaven and earth praise him,
the seas and everything that moves in them,69:34 Ps 96:11; Is 44:23; 49:13
35for God will save Zion
and build up69:35 Or and rebuild the cities of Judah.
They will live there and possess it.69:35 Ps 147:2; Is 44:26
36The descendants of his servants will inherit it,
and those who love his name will live in it.69:36 Ps 102:28; Is 65:9