BUT THESE MY ENEMIES
The return of the Jews from Babylon to Zion followed by the ministry of the blessed Jesus; the rejection, mocking and crucifixion of Jesus by the Jews; the rejection of the Jews from salvation in the Hidden World and their obliteration from this world as well: all that befell Jesus at their hands and through their agency to be poured out upon the Jews, whose collective likeness both in life and death is the pernicious and irredeemable, half devil and half man, Judas
To the chief musician; on the lily-pipes. A psalm of David.
1 Save me, O God, because the waters have come in until the soul.
2 I have sunk into the mire of the deep where there is no foothold; I have entered deep waters, and the floods have engulfed me.
3 I wearied myself crying out; my throat is dry; my eyes fail, waiting for my God.
4 Those who hate me for no reason are more than the hairs of my head; those who would destroy me, being my enemies wrongfully, are mighty: then did I restore that which I had not stolen.
5 O God, You know whether or not I am foolish, and no guilt of mine could be hidden from You.
6 Let not those who hope in You, O Lord GOD of hosts, be ashamed for my sake; let not those who seek You be dishonored for my sake, O God of Israel.
7 Because I have borne reproach for Your sake, and dishonor has covered my face.
8 I became a stranger to my brothers, even like a foreigner to the children of my mother.
9 Because zeal for Your house has consumed me, and the reproaches of those who reproach You have fallen on me.
10 And when I caused my soul to weep through fasting, that was counted as reproach for me.
11 And when I made sackcloth my clothing, I became a byword to them.
12 Those who sit in the gate speak against me, and I am the subject of drunkards’ songs.
13 But as for me, my prayer is to You, O LORD, at a time of favor: O God, in the abundance of Your kindness answer me with Your true salvation.
14 Save me from sinking down in the mud. O deliver me from those who hate me, even out of these deep waters.
15 O do not let the floods of water engulf me, or the deep swallow me down, or the pit close its mouth over me!
16 Answer me, O LORD, because Your kindness is the root of all benefit. Accordingly to the abundance of Your mercy, turn toward me.
17 And do not hide Your face from Your servant, for I am in trouble. O make haste to answer me!
18 Draw near to my soul and redeem it; deliver me because of my enemies.
19 You know the reproach and shame and dishonor I have endured, and You know all those who distress me.
20 Reproach has broken my heart and I am despondent; and I hoped for sympathy, but there was none, and for comforters, but could not find any.
21 They gave me also gall as my food, and when I thirsted, they gave me vinegar to drink.
22 May their table become a snare before them, and whatever should have been for their benefit a trap!
23 May their eyes be darkened, so they cannot see, and may fear make their loins continually tremble.
24 Pour Your wrath out on them, and let the fierceness of Your anger overtake them.
25 May their strongholds be laid waste, and may no one dwell even in their tents.
26 For they persecuted Him whom You Yourself smote, and they speak gleefully of the pangs of those who were slain for You by piercing.
27 Add iniquity to their iniquity, and exclude them from Your righteousness.
28 May they be blotted out of the book of life, and not be enrolled among the righteous.
29 But I am a poor person and in pain — but Your salvation, O God, will raise me up on high!
30 I shall praise the Name of God with a song, and shall magnify Him with thanksgiving.
31 And that will be better pleasing to the LORD than oxen or bulls having horns and cloven hoofs.
32 The humble will see this and rejoice. O you who seek God, let your heart revive!
33 Because the LORD hears the destitute, and does not despise His bound ones.
34 May the heavens and the earth praise Him, the seas and all that move within them --
35 For God will save Zion and build the cities of Judah, and they will dwell there and possess it:
36 Even the seed of His servants will inherit it, and those who love His Name will dwell within it.
— Translated by Barry I. Hyman
CHRISTIAN REVOLUTIONARY BROTHERHOOD