Psalm 69

1Save me, O God, for the waters have come up to my neck.

2I sink in deep mire, where there is no foothold; I have come into deep waters, and the flood sweeps over me.

3I am weary with my crying; my throat is parched. My eyes grow dim with waiting for my God.

4More in number than the hairs of my head are those who hate me without cause; many are those who would destroy me, my enemies who accuse me falsely. What I did not steal must I now restore?

5O God, you know my folly; the wrongs I have done are not hidden from you.

6Do not let those who hope in you be put to shame because of me, O Lord God of hosts; do not let those who seek you be dishonored because of me, O God of Israel.

7It is for your sake that I have borne reproach, that shame has covered my face.

8I have become a stranger to my kindred, an alien to my mother’s children.

9It is zeal for your house that has consumed me; the insults of those who insult you have fallen on me.

10When I humbled my soul with fasting, they insulted me for doing so.

11When I made sackcloth my clothing, I became a byword to them.

12I am the subject of gossip for those who sit in the gate, and the drunkards make songs about me.

13But as for me, my prayer is to you, O Lord. At an acceptable time, O God, in the abundance of your steadfast love, answer me. With your faithful help

14rescue me from sinking in the mire; let me be delivered from my enemies and from the deep waters.

15Do not let the flood sweep over me, or the deep swallow me up, or the Pit close its mouth over me.

16Answer me, O Lord, for your steadfast love is good; according to your abundant mercy, turn to me.

17Do not hide your face from your servant, for I am in distress—make haste to answer me.

18Draw near to me, redeem me, set me free because of my enemies.

19You know the insults I receive, and my shame and dishonor; my foes are all known to you.

20Insults have broken my heart, so that I am in despair. I looked for pity, but there was none; and for comforters, but I found none.

21They gave me poison for food, and for my thirst they gave me vinegar to drink.

22Let their table be a trap for them, a snare for their allies.

23Let their eyes be darkened so that they cannot see, and make their loins tremble continually.

24Pour out your indignation upon them, and let your burning anger overtake them.

25May their camp be a desolation; let no one live in their tents.

26For they persecute those whom you have struck down, and those whom you have wounded, they attack still more.

27Add guilt to their guilt; may they have no acquittal from you.

28Let them be blotted out of the book of the living; let them not be enrolled among the righteous.

29But I am lowly and in pain; let your salvation, O God, protect me.

30I will praise the name of God with a song; I will magnify him with thanksgiving.

31This will please the Lord more than an ox or a bull with horns and hoofs.

32Let the oppressed see it and be glad; you who seek God, let your hearts revive.

33For the Lord hears the needy, and does not despise his own that are in bonds.

34Let heaven and earth praise him, the seas and everything that moves in them.

35For God will save Zion and rebuild the cities of Judah; and his servants shall live there and possess it;

36the children of his servants shall inherit it, and those who love his name shall live in it.

Psalm 70

1Be pleased, O God, to deliver me. O Lord, make haste to help me!

2Let those be put to shame and confusion who seek my life. Let those be turned back and brought to dishonor who desire to hurt me.

3Let those who say, “Aha, Aha!” turn back because of their shame.

4Let all who seek you rejoice and be glad in you. Let those who love your salvation say evermore, “God is great!”

5But I am poor and needy; hasten to me, O God! You are my help and my deliverer; O Lord, do not delay!

Psalm 71

1In you, O Lord, I take refuge; let me never be put to shame.

2In your righteousness deliver me and rescue me; incline your ear to me and save me.

3Be to me a rock of refuge, a strong fortress, to save me, for you are my rock and my fortress.

4Rescue me, O my God, from the hand of the wicked, from the grasp of the unjust and cruel.

5For you, O Lord, are my hope, my trust, O Lord, from my youth.

6Upon you I have leaned from my birth; it was you who took me from my mother’s womb. My praise is continually of you.

7I have been like a portent to many, but you are my strong refuge.

8My mouth is filled with your praise, and with your glory all day long.

9Do not cast me off in the time of old age; do not forsake me when my strength is spent.

10For my enemies speak concerning me, and those who watch for my life consult together.

11They say, “Pursue and seize that person whom God has forsaken, for there is no one to deliver.”

12O God, do not be far from me; O my God, make haste to help me!

13Let my accusers be put to shame and consumed; let those who seek to hurt me be covered with scorn and disgrace.

14But I will hope continually, and will praise you yet more and more.

15My mouth will tell of your righteous acts, of your deeds of salvation all day long, though their number is past my knowledge.

16I will come praising the mighty deeds of the Lord God, I will praise your righteousness, yours alone.

17O God, from my youth you have taught me, and I still proclaim your wondrous deeds.

18So even to old age and gray hairs, O God, do not forsake me, until I proclaim your might to all the generations to come. Your power

19and your righteousness, O God, reach the high heavens. You who have done great things, O God, who is like you?

20You who have made me see many troubles and calamities will revive me again; from the depths of the earth you will bring me up again.

21You will increase my honor, and comfort me once again.

22I will also praise you with the harp for your faithfulness, O my God; I will sing praises to you with the lyre, O Holy One of Israel.

23My lips will shout for joy when I sing praises to you; my soul also, which you have rescued.

24All day long my tongue will talk of your righteous help, for those who tried to do me harm have been put to shame, and disgraced.

From the oremus Bible Browser http://bible.oremus.org v2.2.8 14 July 2018.


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