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Psalms 69:1-2

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Psalm 69 1 

For the music director; according to the tune of “Lilies;” 2  by David.

69:1 Deliver me, O God,

for the water has reached my neck. 3 

69:2 I sink into the deep mire

where there is no solid ground; 4 

I am in 5  deep water,

and the current overpowers me.

Psalms 69:15

Context

69:15 Don’t let the current overpower me!

Don’t let the deep swallow me up!

Don’t let the pit 6  devour me! 7 

1 sn Psalm 69. The psalmist laments his oppressed condition and asks the Lord to deliver him by severely judging his enemies.

2 tn Heb “according to lilies.” See the superscription to Ps 45.

3 tn The Hebrew term נפשׁ (nefesh) here refers to the psalmist’s throat or neck. The psalmist compares himself to a helpless, drowning man.

4 tn Heb “and there is no place to stand.”

5 tn Heb “have entered.”

6 tn Heb “well,” which here symbolizes the place of the dead (cf. Ps 55:23).

7 tn Heb “do not let the well close its mouth upon me.”



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