Salvum me fac
Save me, O God, *
for the waters have come up even to my neck.
I sink down in the deep mire, where there is no ground; *
I have come into deep waters, so that the floods run over me.
I am weary of crying; my throat is dry; *
my sight fails me from waiting so long for my God.
Those who hate me without a cause are more than the hairs of my head; *
those who are my enemies, and would destroy me wrongfully, are mighty.
They bid me restore things I never took. *
O God, you know my foolishness, and my faults are not hidden from you.
Let not those who trust in you, O Lord God of hosts, be ashamed because of me; *
let not those who seek you be confounded through me, O God of Israel.
Surely for your sake have I suffered reproach; *
shame has covered my face.
I have become a stranger to my brethren, *
unknown to my mother’s children,
Because zeal for your house has consumed me, *
and the reproaches of those who reproached you have fallen upon me.
I wept, and humbled myself with fasting, *
but that was turned to my reproach.
I put on sackcloth also, *
and I became a byword among them.
Those who sit in the gate speak against me, *
and the drunkards make songs about me.
But, Lord, I make my prayer to you *
in an acceptable time.
Hear me, O God, in the multitude of your mercy, *
even in the truth of your salvation.
Take me out of the mire, lest I sink; *
O let me be delivered from those who hate me, and out of the deep waters.