v16 Answer me, *LORD, because your kind love is (so) good.
Turn to me because you have so much *mercy.
v17 And do not hide your face from your servant.
Because of my trouble, answer me very soon.
v18 Come near to my *soul and make it safe.
Buy it back because of my enemies.
What verses 13 - 18 mean
The *psalmist repeats some of what he said in verses 1 - 4. In verse 13 "the time when you will hear me" maybe is a special meeting of God’s people. "Any more" in verse 14 means that he does not want a bigger lot of *mud over him. In verse 15 the *pit was a special place. The Jews thought that when they died they went to a place under the ground called *Sheol. In one corner of *Sheol was a *pit, or deep hole. Very bad people went there and never came out again! That is why the *psalmist talks about his *soul in verse 18. He is thinking about the part of him that will live when his body dies. He does not want it to live in *Sheol and its *pit. It is difficult to say who God will buy his *soul back from at the end of the verse. Maybe he means *Sheol. Christians say that Jesus bought our *souls back from *hell and that the enemy was the devil. The *psalmist did not know this.
Psalm 69: Verses 19 - 22
v19 You (God) know that people *insult me
and say that I am a *disgrace and make me ashamed.
v20 *Insults have broken my *heart. I feel *helpless.
I looked for *sympathy, but there was none.
I wanted someone to *comfort me, but did not find anyone.
v22 I want (the food on) their table to be a *trap (for them)
and a *trap for all their good friends!
What verses 19 - 22 mean
The *insults (or bad things that people say about someone) in verse 19 have broken the *heart of the *psalmist in verse 20. This means that they have made him so sad that he wants to die. He looked for someone to listen to him and give him some help, but nobody did. Rather, they gave him a poison called gall and *vinegar to drink. This is where we have some *imprecations. They are in verses 22 - 29. Look later for what imprecations are. Here, the idea of his enemies giving him poison makes him want them to eat poison! So he says in verse 22 that he wants their food (on their table) to *trap them and their friends. The poison that they gave him in verse 21 was gall. It had a bad taste, the opposite of sweet. Maybe it came from a plant, or a snake. Matthew 27:34 says that they gave Jesus *vinegar and gall to drink just before they crucified (killed) him. But he did not drink it. Mark 15:23 says there was *myrrh in the *vinegar, which would make the pain less.
v24 (because) you are so angry with them.
Pour out your anger on them!
v25 I want the places where they stay to be empty
and nobody to be in their *tents.
v26 For they *persecute the people that you (God) hurt
and talk about (more) pain for the people that you *punish.
v27 Make a note of all their *sins
and do not let them have your *righteousness.
v28 Take their names out of the book of life.
Take them off the list of *righteous people.
v29 But I have pain (in my body) and trouble (in my mind).
God, *protect me and make me safe.
What verses 23 - 29 mean
By verse 25, they are not in their towns but in *Sheol where no one can see them. Verses 27 - 28 are the worst *imprecations we could ask! Not only does the *psalmist ask that his enemies die and go to *Sheol (verse 23). He asks more! He asks that God will not make them *righteous and that he will take away their names from the book of life. To Christians, this means that he is asking God never to let these enemies become Christians. Jesus said that we must pray for our enemies. He showed us what words to say, when his enemies killed him. Jesus said, "Father, *forgive them". When God *forgives us he makes us *righteous and puts our names into his book of life. Look at Psalms of *Imprecation for more.
Psalm 69: Verses 30 - 36
v30 I will *praise God’s name with songs
and I will say how great he is by giving thanks.
v31 This will bring more pleasure to the *LORD
than an *ox or a bull with *horns and *hooves.
v32 Poor people will see it and be happy.
People that are looking for God will have brave *hearts again.