A monk engulfed in water clings to the central curve of an initial
that begins the first verse of Psalm 69,
Save me, O God: for the waters are come in even unto my soul.
"Angel Bearing a Sponge" by
, with the inscription "potaverunt me aceto" ("they gave me vinegar to drink", Psalms 69:22). It is located on the western side of the
, in Rome.
Psalm 69 is the 69th psalm of the Book of Psalms, subtitled in the Authorised Version of the Bible "To the chief musician, upon Shoshannim, a Psalm of David".
Judaism [ edit ]
Because for Your sake I have borne reproach; shame has covered my face. 
Verses 14 and 32 are recited in the blessings before the
Shema on the second day of Rosh Hashanah. 
New Testament [ edit ]
This psalm is
quoted or referred to in several places in the New Testament:
This happened that the word might be fulfilled which is written in their law, ‘They hated Me without a cause’. (Psalm 69:4 NKJV)
Jesus was given gall or
vinegar to drink when he was crucified, recalling Psalm 69:3 ( my throat is dry) and Psalm 69:21:
They also gave me gall for my food, and for my thirst they gave me vinegar to drink.
For it is written in the Book of Psalms: ‘Let his dwelling place be desolate, and let no one live in it’. (Psalm 69:25 NKJV)
Let their table become a snare and a trap, a stumbling block and a recompense to them. Let their eyes be darkened, so that they do not see, and bow down their back always.
Christ did not please Himself; but as it is written, 'The reproaches of those who reproached You fell on Me'.
Royal National Lifeboat Institution [ edit ]
References [ edit ]
^ The Complete Artscroll Machzor for Rosh Hashanah page 505
^ The Complete Artscroll Machzor for Rosh Hashanah page 271-73
^ "... will eat me up" in Masoretic Text
External links [ edit ]