Psalm 69

Save Me, O God

To the choirmaster: according to Lilies. Of David.

Save me, O God!
For u the waters have come up to my neck. 1
2 I sink in deep v mire,
where there is no foothold;
I have come into deep waters,
and the flood w sweeps over me.
3 x I am weary with my crying out;
y my throat is parched.
z My eyes grow dim
with a waiting for my God.

4 b More in number than the hairs of my head
are c those who hate me d without cause;
mighty are those who would destroy me,
e those who attack me with lies.
What I did not steal
must I now restore?
5 O God, you know my folly;
the wrongs I have done are not hidden from you.

6 Let not those who hope in you f be put to shame through me,
O Lord God of hosts;
let not those who seek you be brought to dishonor through me,
O God of Israel.
7 For it is g for your sake that I have borne reproach,
that dishonor has covered my face.
8 I have become h a stranger to my brothers,
an alien to my mother's sons.

9 For i zeal for your house has consumed me,
and j the reproaches of those who reproach you have fallen on me.
10 When I wept and humbled 2 my soul with fasting,
it became my reproach.
11 When I made k sackcloth my clothing,
I became l a byword to them.
12 I am the talk of those who m sit in the gate,
and the drunkards make n songs about me.

13 But as for me, my o prayer is to you, O Lord.
At p an acceptable time, O God,
in the abundance of your steadfast love answer me in your saving faithfulness.
14 Deliver me
from sinking in q the mire;
r let me be delivered from my enemies
and from s the deep waters.
15 Let not the flood sweep over me,
or the deep swallow me up,
or t the pit close u its mouth over me.

16 Answer me, O Lord, for your v steadfast love is good;
according to your abundant w mercy, x turn to me.
17 y Hide not your face from your servant;
z for I am in distress; a make haste to answer me.
18 Draw near to my soul, redeem me;
ransom me because of my enemies!

19 You know my b reproach,
and my shame and my dishonor;
my foes are all known to you.
20 b Reproaches have broken my heart,
so that I am in c despair.
I d looked for e pity, but there was none,
and for f comforters, but I found none.
21 They gave me g poison for food,
and for my thirst they gave me h sour wine to drink.

22 i Let their own j table before them become a snare;
k and when they are at peace, let it become a trap. 3
23 l Let their eyes be darkened, so that they cannot see,
m and make their loins tremble continually.
24 Pour out your indignation upon them,
and let your burning anger overtake them.
25 n May their camp be a desolation;
let no one dwell in their tents.
26 For they o persecute him whom p you have struck down,
and they recount the pain of q those you have wounded.
27 r Add to them punishment upon punishment;
may they have no acquittal from you. 4
28 Let them be s blotted out of the book of the living;
let them not be t enrolled among the righteous.

29 But I am afflicted and in pain;
let your salvation, O God, u set me on high!

30 I will v praise the name of God with a song;
I will w magnify him with x thanksgiving.
31 This will y please the Lord more than an ox
or a bull z with horns and hoofs.
32 When a the humble see it they will be glad;
you who seek God, a let your hearts revive.
33 For the Lord hears the needy
and b does not despise his own people who are prisoners.

34 Let c heaven and earth praise him,
the seas and everything that moves in them.
35 For d God will save Zion
and build up the cities of Judah,
and people shall dwell there and possess it;
36 e the offspring of his servants shall inherit it,
and those who love his name shall dwell in it.

  1. Cross References
    Psalms 45:1
    My heart overflows with a pleasing theme; I address my verses to the king; my tongue is like the pen of a ready scribe.
  2. Cross References
    Psalms 69:14 - 15
    Deliver me from sinking in the mire; let me be delivered from my enemies and from the deep waters.
    Psalms 32:6
    Therefore let everyone who is godly offer prayer to you at a time when you may be found; surely in the rush of great waters, they shall not reach him.
    Psalms 130:1
    Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord!
    Job 22:11
    Or darkness, so that you cannot see, and a flood of water covers you.
  3. Cross References
    Psalms 69:14
    Deliver me from sinking in the mire; let me be delivered from my enemies and from the deep waters.
    Psalms 40:2
    He drew me up from the pit of destruction, out of the miry bog, and set my feet upon a rock, making my steps secure.
  4. Cross References
    Psalms 124:4
    Then the flood would have swept us away, the torrent would have gone over us.
  5. Cross References
    Psalms 6:6
    I am weary with my moaning; every night I flood my bed with tears; I drench my couch with my weeping.
  6. Cross References
    Psalms 22:15
    My strength is dried up like a potsherd, and my tongue sticks to my jaws; you lay me in the dust of death.
  7. Cross References
    Psalms 119:82
    My eyes long for your promise; I ask, "When will you comfort me?
    Psalms 119:123
    My eyes long for your salvation and for the fulfillment of your righteous promise.
    Deuteronomy 28:32
    Your sons and your daughters shall be given to another people, while your eyes look on and fail with longing for them all day long, but you shall be helpless.
    Isaiah 38:14
    Like a swallow or a crane I chirp; I moan like a dove. My eyes are weary with looking upward. O Lord, I am oppressed; be my pledge of safety!
  8. Cross References
    Psalms 31:24
    Be strong, and let your heart take courage, all you who wait for the Lord!
  9. Cross References
    Psalms 40:12
    For evils have encompassed me beyond number; my iniquities have overtaken me, and I cannot see; they are more than the hairs of my head; my heart fails me.
  10. Cross References
    John 15:25
    But the word that is written in their Law must be fulfilled: 'They hated me without a cause.
  11. Cross References
    Psalms 35:7
    For without cause they hid their net for me; without cause they dug a pit for my life.
    Psalms 59:3 - 4
    For behold, they lie in wait for my life; fierce men stir up strife against me. For no transgression or sin of mine, O Lord.
    Psalms 109:3
    They encircle me with words of hate, and attack me without cause.
    Psalms 119:161
    Princes persecute me without cause, but my heart stands in awe of your words.
  12. Cross References
    Psalms 35:19
    Let not those rejoice over me who are wrongfully my foes, and let not those wink the eye who hate me without cause.
    Psalms 38:19
    But my foes are vigorous, they are mighty, and many are those who hate me wrongfully.
  13. Cross References
    Psalms 25:2
    O my God, in you I trust; let me not be put to shame; let not my enemies exult over me.
  14. Cross References
    Jeremiah 15:15
    O Lord, you know; remember me and visit me, and take vengeance for me on my persecutors. In your forbearance take me not away; know that for your sake I bear reproach.
    Psalms 44:22
    Yet for your sake we are killed all the day long; we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.
  15. Cross References
    Psalms 31:11
    Because of all my adversaries I have become a reproach, especially to my neighbors, and an object of dread to my acquaintances; those who see me in the street flee from me.
    Psalms 38:11
    My friends and companions stand aloof from my plague, and my nearest kin stand far off.
    Job 19:13
    He has put my brothers far from me, and those who knew me are wholly estranged from me.
    John 1:11
    He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him.
  16. Cross References
    John 2:17
    His disciples remembered that it was written, "Zeal for your house will consume me.
    Psalms 119:139
    My zeal consumes me, because my foes forget your words.
    Psalms 132:1 - 5
    Remember, O Lord, in David's favor, all the hardships he endured.
  17. Cross References
    Romans 15:3
    For Christ did not please himself, but as it is written, "The reproaches of those who reproached you fell on me.
    Psalms 89:41
    All who pass by plunder him; he has become the scorn of his neighbors.
    Psalms 89:50
    Remember, O Lord, how your servants are mocked, and how I bear in my heart the insults of all the many nations.
  18. Cross References
    Psalms 35:13
    But I, when they were sick - I wore sackcloth; I afflicted myself with fasting; I prayed with head bowed on my chest.
  19. Cross References
    Job 17:6
    He has made me a byword of the peoples, and I am one before whom men spit.
  20. Cross References
    Genesis 19:1
    The two angels came to Sodom in the evening, and Lot was sitting in the gate of Sodom. When Lot saw them, he rose to meet them and bowed himself with his face to the earth
    Esther 2:19
    Now when the virgins were gathered together the second time, Mordecai was sitting at the king's gate.
  21. Cross References
    Job 30:9
    And now I have become their song; I am a byword to them.
  22. Cross References
    Psalms 109:4
    In return for my love they accuse me, but I give myself to prayer.
  23. Cross References
    Isaiah 49:8
    Thus says the Lord : "In a time of favor I have answered you; in a day of salvation I have helped you; I will keep you and give you as a covenant to the people, to establish the land, to apportion the desolate heritages.
    2 Corinthians 6:2
    For he says, "In a favorable time I listened to you, and in a day of salvation I have helped you." Behold, now is the favorable time; behold, now is the day of salvation.
    Psalms 32:6
    Therefore let everyone who is godly offer prayer to you at a time when you may be found; surely in the rush of great waters, they shall not reach him.
  24. Cross References
    Psalms 69:2
    I sink in deep mire, where there is no foothold; I have come into deep waters, and the flood sweeps over me.
  25. Cross References
    Psalms 144:7
    Stretch out your hand from on high; rescue me and deliver me from the many waters, from the hand of foreigners.
  26. Cross References
    Psalms 69:1 - 2
    Save me, O God! For the waters have come up to my neck.
  27. Cross References
    Psalms 55:23
    But you, O God, will cast them down into the pit of destruction; men of blood and treachery shall not live out half their days. But I will trust in you.
  28. Cross References
    Numbers 16:33
    So they and all that belonged to them went down alive into Sheol, and the earth closed over them, and they perished from the midst of the assembly.
  29. Cross References
    Psalms 63:3
    Because your steadfast love is better than life, my lips will praise you.
    Psalms 109:21
    But you, O God my Lord, deal on my behalf for your name's sake; because your steadfast love is good, deliver me!
  30. Cross References
    Psalms 106:45
    For their sake he remembered his covenant, and relented according to the abundance of his steadfast love.
  31. Cross References
    Psalms 25:16
    Turn to me and be gracious to me, for I am lonely and afflicted.
  32. Cross References
    Psalms 27:9
    Hide not your face from me. Turn not your servant away in anger, O you who have been my help. Cast me not off; forsake me not, O God of my salvation!
  33. Cross References
    Psalms 18:6
    In my distress I called upon the Lord ; to my God I cried for help. From his temple he heard my voice, and my cry to him reached his ears.
  34. Cross References
    Psalms 102:2
    Do not hide your face from me in the day of my distress! Incline your ear to me; answer me speedily in the day when I call!
    Psalms 143:7
    Answer me quickly, O Lord! My spirit fails! Hide not your face from me, lest I be like those who go down to the pit.
  35. Cross References
    Psalms 69:10 - 11
    When I wept and humbled my soul with fasting, it became my reproach.
    Hebrews 12:2
    Looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.
    Psalms 22:6
    But I am a worm and not a man, scorned by mankind and despised by the people.
  36. Cross References
    Psalms 69:19
    You know my reproach, and my shame and my dishonor; my foes are all known to you.
  37. Cross References
    Matthew 26:37
    And taking with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, he began to be sorrowful and troubled.
  38. Cross References
    Psalms 142:4
    Look to the right and see: there is none who takes notice of me; no refuge remains to me; no one cares for my soul.
    Isaiah 63:5
    I looked, but there was no one to help; I was appalled, but there was no one to uphold; so my own arm brought me salvation, and my wrath upheld me.
  39. Cross References
    Jeremiah 15:5
    Who will have pity on you, O Jerusalem, or who will grieve for you? Who will turn aside to ask about your welfare?
  40. Cross References
    Job 16:2
    I have heard many such things; miserable comforters are you all.
  41. Cross References
    Deuteronomy 29:18
    Beware lest there be among you a man or woman or clan or tribe whose heart is turning away today from the Lord our God to go and serve the gods of those nations. Beware lest there be among you a root bearing poisonous and bitter fruit.
    Matthew 27:34
    They offered him wine to drink, mixed with gall, but when he tasted it, he would not drink it.
  42. Cross References
    Matthew 27:48
    And one of them at once ran and took a sponge, filled it with sour wine, and put it on a reed and gave it to him to drink.
    Luke 23:36
    The soldiers also mocked him, coming up and offering him sour wine
    John 19:29
    A jar full of sour wine stood there, so they put a sponge full of the sour wine on a hyssop branch and held it to his mouth.
    Mark 15:23
    And they offered him wine mixed with myrrh, but he did not take it.
  43. Cross References
    Romans 11:9 - 10
    And David says, "Let their table become a snare and a trap, a stumbling block and a retribution for them.
    Psalms 35:4 - 8
    Let them be put to shame and dishonor who seek after my life! Let them be turned back and disappointed who devise evil against me!
    Psalms 109:6 - 15
    Appoint a wicked man against him; let an accuser stand at his right hand.
  44. Cross References
    Psalms 23:5
    You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.
  45. Cross References
    1 Thessalonians 5:3
    While people are saying, "There is peace and security," then sudden destruction will come upon them as labor pains come upon a pregnant woman, and they will not escape.
  46. Cross References
    Isaiah 6:10
    Make the heart of this people dull, and their ears heavy, and blind their eyes; lest they see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their hearts, and turn and be healed.
    Matthew 13:14
    Indeed, in their case the prophecy of Isaiah is fulfilled that says: "'You will indeed hear but never understand, and you will indeed see but never perceive.
  47. Cross References
    Daniel 5:6
    Then the king's color changed, and his thoughts alarmed him; his limbs gave way, and his knees knocked together.
    Nahum 2:10
    Desolate! Desolation and ruin! Hearts melt and knees tremble; anguish is in all loins; all faces grow pale!
  48. Cross References
    Acts 1:20
    "For it is written in the Book of Psalms, "'May his camp become desolate, and let there be no one to dwell in it'; and "'Let another take his office.'
    Matthew 23:38
    See, your house is left to you desolate.
    Luke 13:35
    Behold, your house is forsaken. And I tell you, you will not see me until you say, 'Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!'
  49. Cross References
    Zechariah 1:15
    And I am exceedingly angry with the nations that are at ease; for while I was angry but a little, they furthered the disaster.
  50. Cross References
    Isaiah 53:4
    Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted.
  51. Cross References
    Job 19:21
    Have mercy on me, have mercy on me, O you my friends, for the hand of God has touched me!
  52. Cross References
    Nehemiah 4:5
    Do not cover their guilt, and let not their sin be blotted out from your sight, for they have provoked you to anger in the presence of the builders.
  53. Cross References
    Exodus 32:32
    But now, if you will forgive their sin - but if not, please blot me out of your book that you have written.
    Revelation 3:5
    The one who conquers will be clothed thus in white garments, and I will never blot his name out of the book of life. I will confess his name before my Father and before his angels.
    Philippians 4:3
    Yes, I ask you also, true companion, help these women, who have labored side by side with me in the gospel together with Clement and the rest of my fellow workers, whose names are in the book of life.
  54. Cross References
    Ezekiel 13:9
    My hand will be against the prophets who see false visions and who give lying divinations. They shall not be in the council of my people, nor be enrolled in the register of the house of Israel, nor shall they enter the land of Israel. And you shall know that I am the Lord God.
    Luke 10:20
    Nevertheless, do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.
    Hebrews 12:23
    And to the assembly of the firstborn who are enrolled in heaven, and to God, the judge of all, and to the spirits of the righteous made perfect.
  55. Cross References
    Psalms 20:1
    May the Lord answer you in the day of trouble! May the name of the God of Jacob protect you!
  56. Cross References
    Psalms 28:7
    The Lord is my strength and my shield; in him my heart trusts, and I am helped; my heart exults, and with my song I give thanks to him.
  57. Cross References
    Psalms 34:3
    Oh, magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together!
  58. Cross References
    Psalms 50:14
    Offer to God a sacrifice of thanksgiving, and perform your vows to the Most High.
    Psalms 50:23
    The one who offers thanksgiving as his sacrifice glorifies me; to one who orders his way rightly I will show the salvation of God!
  59. Cross References
    Psalms 50:13
    Do I eat the flesh of bulls or drink the blood of goats?
  60. Cross References
    Leviticus 11:3
    Whatever parts the hoof and is cloven-footed and chews the cud, among the animals, you may eat.
  61. Cross References
    Psalms 22:26
    The afflicted shall eat and be satisfied; those who seek him shall praise the Lord! May your hearts live forever!
    Psalms 34:2
    My soul makes its boast in the Lord ; let the humble hear and be glad.
  62. Cross References
    Psalms 22:26
    The afflicted shall eat and be satisfied; those who seek him shall praise the Lord! May your hearts live forever!
    Psalms 34:2
    My soul makes its boast in the Lord ; let the humble hear and be glad.
  63. Cross References
    Psalms 68:6
    God settles the solitary in a home; he leads out the prisoners to prosperity, but the rebellious dwell in a parched land.
  64. Cross References
    Psalms 96:11
    Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice; let the sea roar, and all that fills it.
    Psalms 98:7
    Let the sea roar, and all that fills it; the world and those who dwell in it!
    Isaiah 44:23
    Sing, O heavens, for the Lord has done it; shout, O depths of the earth; break forth into singing, O mountains, O forest, and every tree in it! For the Lord has redeemed Jacob, and will be glorified in Israel.
    Isaiah 49:13
    Sing for joy, O heavens, and exult, O earth; break forth, O mountains, into singing! For the Lord has comforted his people and will have compassion on his afflicted.
    Psalms 148:1 - 12
    Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord from the heavens; praise him in the heights!
  65. Cross References
    Psalms 51:18
    Do good to Zion in your good pleasure; build up the walls of Jerusalem.
    Isaiah 44:26
    Who confirms the word of his servant and fulfills the counsel of his messengers, who says of Jerusalem, 'She shall be inhabited,' and of the cities of Judah, 'They shall be built, and I will raise up their ruins'.
  66. Cross References
    Psalms 102:28
    The children of your servants shall dwell secure; their offspring shall be established before you.
    Isaiah 65:9
    I will bring forth offspring from Jacob, and from Judah possessors of my mountains; my chosen shall possess it, and my servants shall dwell there.
    Psalms 37:29
    The righteous shall inherit the land and dwell upon it forever.
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