Psalm 69: Prayers to Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church

Psalms 69, Contemporary English Version
I am worn out from crying,

    and my throat is dry.
    I have waited for you
    till my eyes are blurred.

There are more people
    who hate me for no reason
    than there are hairs
    on my head.
Many terrible enemies
    want to destroy me, God.
    Am I supposed to give back
    something I didn’t steal?

It is for your sake alone
    that I am insulted
    and blush with shame.
I am like a stranger
    to my relatives
    and like a foreigner
    to my own family.

10 I cried and went without food,[a]
    but they still insulted me.
11 They sneered at me
for wearing sackcloth[b]
    to show my sorrow.
12 Rulers and judges gossip
    about me,
    and drunkards make up songs
    to mock me.

18     Come and save me
    from my enemies.

19 You know how I am insulted,
    mocked, and disgraced;
    you know every one
    of my enemies.
20 I am crushed by insults,
    and I feel sick.
    I had hoped for mercy and pity,
    but there was none.
21 Enemies poisoned my food,
    and when I was thirsty,
    they gave me vinegar.

33 The Lord will listen
    when the homeless cry out,
    and he will never forget
    his people in prison.

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