To the Overseer. -- 'On the Lilies,' by David.
Save me, O God, for come have waters unto the soul.
I have sunk in deep mire, And there is no standing, I have
come into the depths of the waters, And a flood hath overflown me.
I have been wearied with my calling, Burnt hath been my
throat, Consumed have been mine eyes, waiting for my God.
Those hating me without cause Have been more than the hairs
of my head, Mighty have been my destroyers, My lying enemies, That which I took
not away -- I bring back.
O God, Thou -- Thou hast known Concerning my overturn, And
my desolations from Thee have not been hid.
Let not those waiting on Thee be ashamed because of me, O
Lord, Jehovah of Hosts, Let not those seeking Thee Blush because of me, O God
For because of Thee I have borne reproach, Shame hath
covered my face.
A stranger I have been to my brother, And a foreigner to
sons of my mother.
For zeal for Thy house hath consumed me, And the reproaches
of Thy reproachers Have fallen upon me.
And I weep in the fasting of my soul, And it is for a
reproach to me.
And I make my clothing sackcloth, And I am to them for a
Those sitting at the gate meditate concerning me, And those
drinking strong drink, Play on instruments.
And I -- my prayer is to Thee, O Jehovah, A time of good
pleasure, O God, In the abundance of Thy kindness, Answer me in the truth of
Deliver me from the mire, and let me not sink, Let me be
delivered from those hating me, And from deep places of waters.
Let not a flood of waters overflow me, Nor let the deep
swallow me up, Nor let the pit shut her mouth upon me.
Answer me, O Jehovah, for good is Thy kindness,
According to the abundance Of Thy mercies turn Thou unto me,
And hide not Thy face from Thy servant, For I am in distress
-- haste, answer me.
Be near unto my soul -- redeem it, Because of mine enemies
Thou -- Thou hast known my reproach, And my shame, and my
blushing, Before Thee are all mine adversaries.
Reproach hath broken my heart, and I am sick, And I look for
a bemoaner, and there is none, And for comforters, and I have found none.
And they give for my food gall, And for my thirst cause me
to drink vinegar.
Their table before them is for a snare, And for a recompence
-- for a trap.
Darkened are their eyes from seeing, And their loins
continually shake Thou.
Pour upon them Thine indignation, And the fierceness of
Thine anger doth seize them.
Their tower is desolated, In their tents there is no
For they have pursued him Thou hast smitten, And recount of
the pain of Thy pierced ones.
Give punishment for their iniquity, And they enter not into
They are blotted out of the book of life, And with the
righteous are not written.
And I am afflicted and pained, Thy salvation, O God,
doth set me on high.
I praise the name of God with a song, And I magnify Him with
And it is better to Jehovah than an ox, A bullock -- horned
The humble have seen -- they rejoice, Ye who seek God -- and
your heart liveth.
For Jehovah hearkeneth unto the needy, And His bound ones He
hath not despised.
The heavens and earth do praise Him, Seas, and every moving
thing in them.
For God doth save Zion, And doth build the cities of Judah,
And they have dwelt there, and possess it.
And the seed of His servants inherit it, And those loving
His name dwell in it!