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The Sacred Bible: The Book of Psalms
[Psalm 68] (69)
{68:1} Unto the end. For those who will be changed: of David.
{68:2} Save me, O God, for the waters have entered, even to my soul.
{68:3} I have become stuck in a deep quagmire, and there is no firm footing. I have arrived at the height of the sea, and a tempest has overwhelmed me.
{68:4} I have endured hardships, while crying out. My jaws have become hoarse; my eyes have failed. Meanwhile, I hope in my God.
{68:5} Those who hate me without cause have been multiplied beyond the hairs of my head. My enemies, who persecuted me unjustly, have been strengthened. Then I was required to pay for what I did not take.
{68:6} O God, you know my foolishness, and my offenses have not been hidden from you.
{68:7} Let those who wait for you, O Lord, the Lord of hosts, not be shamed in me. Let those who seek you, O God of Israel, not be confounded over me.
{68:8} For because of you, I have endured reproach; confusion has covered my face.
{68:9} I have become a stranger to my brothers and a sojourner to the sons of my mother.
{68:10} For zeal for your house has consumed me, and the reproaches of those who reproached you have fallen upon me.
{68:11} And I covered my soul with fasting, and it has become a reproach to me.
{68:12} And I put on a haircloth as my garment, and I became a parable to them.
{68:13} Those who sat at the gate spoke against me, and those who drank wine made me their song.
{68:14} But as for me, truly, my prayer is to you, O Lord. This time has pleased you well, O God. In the multitude of your mercy, in the truth of your salvation, hear me.
{68:15} Rescue me from the quagmire, so that I may not become trapped. Free me from those who hate me and from deep waters.
{68:16} Do not allow the tempest of water to submerge me, nor the deep to absorb me. And do not allow the well to close in on me.
{68:17} Hear me, O Lord, for your mercy is kind. Look upon me, according to the fullness of your compassion.
{68:18} And do not turn your face away from your servant, for I am in trouble: heed me quickly.
{68:19} Attend to my soul, and free it. Rescue me, because of my enemies.
{68:20} You know my reproach, and my confusion, and my reverence.
{68:21} All those who trouble me are in your sight; my heart has anticipated reproach and misery. And I sought for one who might grieve together with me, but there was no one, and for one who might console me, and I found no one.
{68:22} And they gave me gall for my food. And in my thirst, they gave me vinegar to drink.
{68:23} Let their table be a snare before them, and a retribution, and a scandal.
{68:24} Let their eyes be darkened, so that they may not see, and may their back always be crooked.
{68:25} Pour out your indignation upon them, and may the fury of your anger take hold of them.
{68:26} May their dwelling place be deserted, and may there be no one who dwells in their tabernacles.
{68:27} For they persecuted whomever you struck. And they have added to the grief of my wounds.
{68:28} Assign an iniquity upon their iniquity, and may they not enter into your justice.
{68:29} Delete them from the Book of the Living, and let them not be written down with the just.
{68:30} I am poor and sorrowful, but your salvation, O God, has taken me up.
{68:31} I will praise the name of God with a canticle, and I will magnify him with praise.
{68:32} And it will please God more than a new calf producing horns and hoofs.
{68:33} Let the poor see and rejoice. Seek God, and your soul will live.
{68:34} For the Lord has heard the poor, and he has not despised his prisoners.
{68:35} Let the heavens and the earth praise him: the sea, and everything that crawls in it.
{68:36} For God will save Zion, and the cities of Judah will be built up. And they will dwell there, and they will acquire it by inheritance.
{68:37} And the offspring of his servants will possess it; and those who love his name will dwell in it.
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