[To the chiefe musician vpon Shoshannim,
A Psalme of Dauid.]
1
Saue mee, O God, for the waters are come in vnto my soule.
2
I sinke in deepe mire, where there is no standing: I am come into deepe waters, where the flouds ouerflow me.
3
I am weary of my crying, my throate is dried: mine eyes faile while I waite for my God.
4
They that hate mee without a cause, are moe then the haires of mine head: they that would destroy me, being mine enemies wrongfully, are mightie: then I restored that which I tooke not away.
5
O God, thou knowest my foolishnesse;
and my sinnes are not hidde from thee.
6
Let not them that waite on thee, O Lord God of hostes, be ashamed for my sake: let not those that seeke thee, be confounded for my sake, O God of Israel.
7
Because for thy sake I haue borne reproch: shame hath couered my face.
8
I am become a stranger vnto my brethren, and an aliant vnto my mothers children.
9
For the zeale of thine house hath eaten mee vp;
and the reproches of them that reproched thee, are fallen vpon me.
10
When I wept, and chastened my soule with fasting, that was to my reproch.
11
I made sackecloth also my garment: & I became a prouerbe to them.
12
They that sit in the gate, speake against mee;
and I was the song of the drunkards.
13
But as for mee, my prayer is vnto thee, O Lord, in an acceptable time: O God, in the multitude of thy mercie heare me, in the trueth of thy saluation.
14
Deliuer me out of the mire, and let me not sinke: let me bee deliuered from them that hate me, and out of the deepe waters.
15
Let not the water flood ouerflow me, neither let the deepe swallow mee vp, and let not the pit shut her mouth vpon me.
16
Heare me, O Lord, for thy louing kindnesse is good: turne vnto mee according to the multitude of thy tender mercies.
17
And hide not thy face from thy seruant, for I am in trouble: heare me speedily.
18
Draw nigh vnto my soule, and redeeme it: deliuer me because of mine enemies.
19
Thou hast knowen my reproch and my shame and my dishonor: mine aduersaries are all before thee.
20
Reproch hath broken my heart, and I am full of heauines: and I looked for some to take pitie, but there was none;
and for comforters, but I found none.
21
They gaue mee also gall for my meat, and in my thirst they gaue mee vineger to drinke.
22
Let their table become a snare before them: and that which should haue bene for their welfare, let it become a trap.
23
Let their eyes be darkened that they see not;
and make their loines continually to shake.
24
Powre out thine indignation vpon them, and let thy wrathfull anger take hold of them.
25
Let their habitation be desolate, and let none dwell in their tents.
26
For they persecute him who thou hast smitten, and they talke to the griefe of those whom thou hast wounded.
27
Adde iniquitie vnto their iniquitie: and let them not come into thy righteousnesse.
28
Let them bee blotted out of the booke of the liuing, and not be written with the righteous.
29
But I am poore, and sorowfull: let thy saluation (O God) set me vp on high.
30
I will praise the name of God with a song, and will magnifie him with thankesgiuing.
31
This also shall please the Lord better then an oxe or bullocke that hath hornes and hoofes.
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The humble shall see this, and be glad: and your heart shall liue that seeke good.
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For the Lord heareth the poore, and despiseth not his prisoners.
34
Let the heauen and earth praise him, the seas, and euery thing that moueth therein.
35
For God will saue Sion, and will build the cities of Iudah, that they may dwell there, and haue it in possession.
36
The seede also of his seruants shall inherit it: and they that loue his name shall dwell therein.