[For the choir director: according to "The Lilies." Davidic.] Save me, God, for the water has risen to my neck.
I have sunk in deep mud, and there is no footing; I have come into deep waters, and a flood sweeps over me.
I am weary from my crying; my throat is parched. My eyes fail, looking for my God.
Those who hate me without cause are more numerous than the hairs of my head; my deceitful enemies, who would destroy me, are powerful. Though I did not steal, I must repay.
God, You know my foolishness, and my guilty acts are not hidden from You.
Do not let those who put their hope in You be disgraced because of me, Lord God of Hosts; do not let those who seek You be humiliated because of me, God of Israel.
For I have endured insults because of You, and shame has covered my face.
I have become a stranger to my brothers and a foreigner to my mother's sons
because zeal for Your house has consumed me, and the insults of those who insult You have fallen on me.
I mourned and fasted, but it brought me insults.
I wore sackcloth as my clothing, and I was a joke to them.
Those who sit at the city gate talk about me, and drunkards make up songs about me.
But as for me, LORD, my prayer to You is for a time of favor. In Your abundant, faithful love, God, answer me with Your sure salvation.
Rescue me from the miry mud; don't let me sink. Let me be rescued from those who hate me, and from the deep waters.
Don't let the floodwaters sweep over me or the deep swallow me up; don't let the Pit close its mouth over me.
Answer me, LORD, for Your faithful love is good; in keeping with Your great compassion, turn to me.
Don't hide Your face from Your servant, for I am in distress. Answer me quickly!
Draw near to me and redeem me; ransom me because of my enemies.
You know the insults I endure-- my shame and disgrace. You are aware of all my adversaries.
Insults have broken my heart, and I am in despair. I waited for sympathy, but there was none; for comforters, but found no one.
Instead, they gave me gall for my food, and for my thirst they gave me vinegar to drink.