Prayer for Deliverance from Persecution
To the leader: according to Lilies. Of David.
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 help14rescue 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.