Psalter 184

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1. Save me, O God, because the floods
Come in upon my soul;
I sink in depths where none can stand,
Deep waters o’er me roll.

2. My constant calling wearies me,
My throat is parched and dried;
My eyes grow dim while for my God
Still waiting I abide.

3. The foes who hate me unprovoked
Are strong and still increase,
Though to disarm their enmity
My right I yield for peace.

4. O God, my folly and my sin
Thy holy eye can see;
Yet save from shame, Lord God of Hosts,
Thy saints that wait on Thee.

5. Forbid, O God, our covenant God,
That those who seek Thy face
Should see Thy servant put to shame
And share in my disgrace.

6. It is for Thee I am reproached,
For Thee I suffer shame,
Until my brethren know me not,
And hated is my name.

7. It is my zeal for Thy abode
That has consumed my life;
Reproached by those reproaching Thee,
I suffer in the strife.

8. I wept, with fasting bowed my soul,
Yet that was made my shame;
When I in sackcloth clothed myself,
Their byword I became.

9. The men who sit within the gate
With slander do me wrong,
And they who linger at their cups
Make me their jest and song.

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