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.
69:3 I am exhausted from shouting for help;
my throat is sore; 6
my eyes grow tired of looking for my God. 7
for I am in trouble! Answer me right away! 9
Because of my enemies, rescue me!
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 Or perhaps “raw”; Heb “burned; enflamed.”
7 tn Heb “my eyes fail from waiting for my God.” The psalmist has intently kept his eyes open, looking for God to intervene, but now his eyes are watery and bloodshot, impairing his vision.
9 tn Or “quickly.”