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184. Suffering and Prayer



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.


Last modified on 26 March 2013

Additional Info

  • Psalter #: 184
  • # Stanzas: 9
  • Metre: C.M.
  • Video: Yes
  • Psalm: 69
  • Type: Normal