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SAVE me, O God;
for the waters are come near to engulf me.
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I sink in deep mire where there is no footing;
I am come into deep waters, where the floods overflow me.
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I am weary of my crying;
my throat is dry;
mine eyes fail while I wait for God.
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They that hate me without a cause are more than the hairs of my head;
they that would destroy me, being mine enemies wrongfully, are mighty;
then I restored that which I took lawfully.
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O God, thou knowest my foolishness;
and my sins are not hid from thee.
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Let not them that trust in thee be ashamed through me, O LORD God of hosts;
let not those that seek thee be dishonored through me, O God of Israel.
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Because for thy sake I have borne reproach;
shame has covered my face.
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I am become a stranger to my brethren and an alien to my mother’s children.
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For the zeal of thy house has made me courageous;
and the reproaches of them that reproached thee are fallen upon me.
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When I humbled and chastened my soul with fasting, that was to my reproach.
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I made sackcloth also my garment and I became a proverb to them.
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They that sit in the gate speak against me;
and I was the song of the drunkards.
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¶ But as for me, my prayer is unto thee, O LORD, in an acceptable time;
O God, in the multitude of thy mercy answer me, in the abundance of thy salvation,
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Deliver me out of the mire, and let me not sink;
let me be delivered from them that hate me, and out of the deep waters.
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Let not the waterflood overflow me, neither let the deep swallow me up, and let not the well shut its mouth upon me.
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Answer me, O LORD;
for thy lovingkindness is good;
turn to me according to the multitude of thy tender mercies.
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And hide not thy face from thy servant;
for I am in trouble;
answer me speedily.
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Draw near to my soul, and redeem it;
deliver me because of mine enemies.
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Thou knowest my reproach and my shame, and my dishonour is spread before all mine adversaries.
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O thou, heal my broken heart and bind it;
I looked for some to take pity, but there was none;
and for comforters, but I found none.
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They gave me bitter herbs for my food;
and in my thirst they gave me vinegar to drink.
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¶ Let their table become a snare before them;
and that which should have been for their reward, let it become a trap.
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Let their eyes be darkened, that they see not;
and make their backs continually to bend.
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Pour out thine indignation upon them, and let thy wrathful anger take hold of them.
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Let their habitation be desolate;
and let none dwell in their tents.
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The one which thou hast smitten, they have persecuted;
they have added to the grief of him who is wounded.
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Add punishment of iniquity to their iniquity, that they may enter not into thy righteousness.
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Let them be blotted out of thy book of the living, and not be written with the righteous.
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But I am poor and sorrowful;
let thy salvation help me, O God.
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¶ I will praise the name of God with a song, and will magnify him with thanksgiving.
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This shall please the LORD better than an ox or bullock that has horns and hoofs.
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The humble shall see this and be glad;
and your heart shall live that seek God.
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For the LORD hears the poor, and despises not his prisoners.
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Let heaven and earth praise him, the seas, and every thing that moves therein.
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For God will save Zion, and will build the cities of Judah;
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His servants shall dwell in it and shall inherit it;
they that love his name shall dwell therein.