Old Testament

Psalm 69
Psalm 69
Prayer of an Innocent Sufferer: Save Me, O God
For the choir director. According to “Lilies.”[] By David.
Prayer of an Innocent Sufferer
1Save me, O God, for the waters have come up to my neck.
2I sink into the deep mud, where there is no place to stand.
I have entered deep waters, and the rapids rush over me.
3I am worn out from my crying. My throat is sore.
My eyes are blurry, as I wait for my God.
The Unfairness of His Enemies
4Those who hate me without reason outnumber the hairs on my head.
Those who want to destroy me, my lying enemies, are strong.
I must repay things I did not steal.
His Guilt and Shame
5God, you know my folly, and my guilt is not hidden from you.
6May those who place their confidence in you[]
not be put to shame because of me,
O Lord, the Lord of Armies.
May those who seek you not be disgraced because of me,
O God of Israel.
7It is for your sake that I bear scorn.
Shame covers my face.
8I have become a stranger to my brothers,
a foreigner to my mother's sons.
9Yes, zeal for your house consumes me.
The scorn of those who scorn you falls on me.
10I wept as I fasted,
but this only brought insults to me.
11When I wore sackcloth as my clothing,
I was a joke to them.
12Those who sit in the gatehouse gossip about me,
and the songs of the drunks are about me.
An Interlude of Prayer
13But I direct my prayer to you, O Lord, for a time of favor.
God, in the greatness of your mercy,
answer me with the certainty of salvation from you.
14Rescue me from the mud, so I do not sink.
Let me escape from those who hate me and from the deep waters.
15Do not let the rapids rush over me.
Do not let the deep swallow me up.
Do not let the pit close its mouth over me.
16Answer me, Lord, for your mercy is good.
According to your great compassion turn to me.
17Do not hide your face from your servant.
Because I am in distress, hurry, answer me.
18Come near. Redeem my soul.
Ransom me because of my enemies.
His Shame
19You know my disgrace, my shame, and my confusion.
All my foes are in front of you.
20Disgrace has broken my heart, and I am helpless.
I waited for sympathy, but there was none.
I waited for comforters, but I did not find any.
21Instead they put bitter poison in my food.
For my thirst they gave me sour wine to drink.
His Curse
22May the table set before them become a snare.
May it be a trap to them and their allies.[]
23May their eyes be darkened so they cannot see.
Make their legs always tremble.
24Pour out your wrath on them.
Let the heat of your anger catch up with them.
25May their camp be desolate.
May there be no one dwelling in their tents.
26For they pursue those you have disciplined, O God,
and they talk about the pain of those you wound.
27Add guilt to their guilt.
Do not let them enter into your righteousness.
28May they be erased from the book of life.
May they not be listed among the righteous.
His Closing Prayer
29But I am afflicted and in pain.
O God, may salvation from you set me on high.
30I will praise God's name in song.
I will proclaim his greatness with thanksgiving.
31For the Lord this is better than an ox,
than a bull that has horns and hoofs.
32The poor will see and be glad.
You who seek God, may your hearts live!
33For the Lord listens to the needy,
and he does not despise the captives who belong to him.
34Let heaven and earth praise him,
the seas and all that move in them,
35for God will save Zion,
and he will build the cities of Judah.
Then people will settle there and possess it.
36Then the descendants of his servants will inherit it,
and those who love his name will dwell in it.


  • 69:0 This may be the name of the tune.
  • 69:6 Or wait for you to help
  • 69:22 The translation is based on the Hebrew. The Greek reads may it be a retribution and a trap to them. The Targum reads may their fellowship offerings be a trap to them.