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LANCASTER | Bible Passage
Melody by Samuel Howard, 1710-1782
1 SAVE me, O God, because the floods
Do so environ me,
That even unto my very soul
Come in the waters be.
2 I downward in deep mire do sink,
Where standing there is none:
Into deep waters I am come,
Where floods have o'er me gone.
3 I weary with my crying am,
My throat is also dried;
Mine eyes do fail, while for my God
I waiting do abide.
4 Those men who do without a cause
Bear hatred unto me
Are more in number than the hairs
Upon my head that be:
Strong are they who without a cause
Me hate and would me slay;
And therefore what I never took
I forced am to repay.
5 Lord, thou my folly know'st, my sins
Not covered are from thee.
6 Let none who wait on thee be shamed,
Lord God of hosts, in me.
O thou who God of Israel art,
Let none that wait on thee
Confounded be at any time,
Or made ashamed in me.
7 For I have borne reproach for thee;
My face is clothed with shame.
8 To brethren strange, to mother's sons
An alien I became.
9 Because the zeal did eat me up
Which to thine house I bear;
And the reproaches cast at thee
Upon me fallen are.
10 With tears and fasting mourned my soul,
And that was made my shame:
11 I put on sackcloth, and to them
A byword I became.
12 The men that in the gate do sit
Against me evil spake;
They also that vile drunkards were
Of me their song did make.
13 But in a time of favour, Lord,
I make my prayer to thee;
In truth of thy salvation, Lord,
And mercy great, hear me.
14 Deliver me out of the mire,
From sinking do me keep;
Free me from those that do me hate,
And from the waters deep.
15 Let not the flood o'er me prevail,
Whose water overflows;
Nor deep me swallow, nor the pit
Her mouth upon me close.
16 Hear me, O Lord, because thy love
And kindness are most good;
Turn unto me, according to
Thy mercies' multitude.
17 Nor from thy servant hide thy face:
I'm troubled, soon attend.
18 Draw near my soul, and it redeem;
Me from my foes defend.
19 To thee is my reproach well known,
My shame, and my disgrace:
Those that mine adversaries be
Are all before thy face.
20 My heart is broken by reproach,
I'm full of grief and pain:
For pity and for comforters
I looked, but looked in vain.
21 They also bitter gall did give
Unto me for my meat:
They gave me vinegar to drink,
What time my thirst was great.
22 Before them let their table prove
A snare; and do thou make
Their welfare and prosperity
A trap themselves to take.
23 Let thou their eyes so darkened be,
That sight may them forsake:
And let their loins be made by thee
Continually to shake.
24 Thine anger pour thou out on them,
Let thy wrath seize them all;
25 Be desolation in their tents,
Their homes to ruin fall.
26 Because they persecute the man
Whom thou didst smite before;
And mocking tell the grief of those
Whom thou hast wounded sore.
27 Do thou add sin unto their sin,
And, for their wickedness,
Do thou not let them come at all
Into thy righteousness.
28 Out of the book of life let them
Be razed and blotted quite;
Among the righteous and the just
Their names do thou not write.
29 But now become exceeding poor
And sorrowful am I:
By thy salvation, O my God,
Let me be set on high.
30 The name of God I with a song
Most cheerfully will praise;
And I, in giving thanks to him,
His name will highly raise.
31 This to the Lord a sacrifice
More grateful far shall prove
Than bullock, ox, or any beast
That hath both horn and hoof.
32 When this the humble men shall see,
It joy to them shall give:
All ye that after God do seek,
Your heart shall ever live.
33 For God the poor hears, and will not
His prisoners contemn.
34 Let heaven, and earth, and seas him praise,
And all that move in them.
35 For God will Judah's cities build,
And he will Zion save,
That they may dwell therein, and it
In sure possession have.
36 And they that are his servants' seed
Inherit shall the same;
And they shall have their dwelling there
That love his blessed name.
1 ¬∂ Save me, O God; for the waters are come in unto my soul.
2 I sink in deep mire, where there is no standing: I am come into deep waters, where the floods overflow me.
3 I am weary of my crying: my throat is dried: mine eyes fail while I wait for my God.
4 They that hate me without a cause are more than the hairs of mine head: they that would destroy me, being mine enemies wrongfully, are mighty: then I restored that which I took not away.
5 O God, thou knowest my foolishness; and my sins are not hid from thee.
6 Let not them that wait on thee, O Lord GOD of hosts, be ashamed for my sake: let not those that seek thee be confounded for my sake, O God of Israel.
7 Because for thy sake I have borne reproach; shame hath covered my face.
8 I am become a stranger unto my brethren, and an alien unto my mother's children.
9 For the zeal of thine house hath eaten me up; and the reproaches of them that reproached thee are fallen upon me.
10 When I wept, and chastened my soul with fasting, that was to my reproach.
11 I made sackcloth also my garment; and I became a proverb to them.
12 They that sit in the gate speak against me; and I was the song of the drunkards.
13 ¬∂ But as for me, my prayer is unto thee, O LORD, in an acceptable time: O God, in the multitude of thy mercy hear me, in the truth of thy salvation.
14 Deliver me out of the mire, and let me not sink: let me be delivered from them that hate me, and out of the deep waters.
15 Let not the waterflood overflow me, neither let the deep swallow me up, and let not the pit shut her mouth upon me.
16 Hear me, O LORD; for thy lovingkindness is good: turn unto me according to the multitude of thy tender mercies.
17 And hide not thy face from thy servant; for I am in trouble: hear me speedily.
18 Draw nigh unto my soul, and redeem it: deliver me because of mine enemies.
19 Thou hast known my reproach, and my shame, and my dishonour: mine adversaries are all before thee.
20 Reproach hath broken my heart; and I am full of heaviness: and I looked for some to take pity, but there was none; and for comforters, but I found none.
21 They gave me also gall for my meat; and in my thirst they gave me vinegar to drink.
22 ¬∂ Let their table become a snare before them: and that which should have been for their welfare, let it become a trap.
23 Let their eyes be darkened, that they see not; and make their loins continually to shake.
24 Pour out thine indignation upon them, and let thy wrathful anger take hold of them.
25 Let their habitation be desolate; and let none dwell in their tents.
26 For they persecute him whom thou hast smitten; and they talk to the grief of those whom thou hast wounded.
27 Add iniquity unto their iniquity: and let them not come into thy righteousness.
28 Let them be blotted out of the book of the living, and not be written with the righteous.
29 But I am poor and sorrowful: let thy salvation, O God, set me up on high.
30 ¬∂ I will praise the name of God with a song, and will magnify him with thanksgiving.
31 This also shall please the LORD better than an ox or bullock that hath horns and hoofs.
32 The humble shall see this, and be glad: and your heart shall live that seek God.
33 For the LORD heareth the poor, and despiseth not his prisoners.
34 Let the heaven and earth praise him, the seas, and every thing that moveth therein.
35 For God will save Zion, and will build the cities of Judah: that they may dwell there, and have it in possession.
36 The seed also of his servants shall inherit it: and they that love his name shall dwell therein.