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Psalm 71 (Complete Jewish Bible)

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1 In you, ADONAI, I have taken refuge; let me never be put to shame. 2 In your righteousness, rescue me; and help me to escape. Turn your ear toward me, and deliver me. 3 Be for me a sheltering rock, where I can always come. You have determined to save me, because you are my bedrock and stronghold. 4 My God, help me escape from the power of the wicked, from the grasp of the unjust and ruthless. 5 For you are my hope, Adonai ELOHIM, in whom I have trusted since I was young. 6 From birth I have relied on you; it was you who took me from my mother's womb. 7 To many, I am an amazing example; but you are strong protection for me. 8 My mouth is full of praise for you, filled with your glory all day long. 9 Don't reject me when I grow old; when my strength fails, don't abandon me. 10 For my enemies are talking about me, those seeking my life are plotting together. 11 They say, "God has abandoned him; go after him, and seize him, because no one will save him." 12 God, don't distance yourself from me! My God, hurry to help me! 13 May those who are opposed to me be put to shame and ruin; may those who seek to harm me be covered with scorn and disgrace. 14 But I, I will always hope and keep adding to your praise. 15 All day long my mouth will tell of your righteous deeds and acts of salvation, though their number is past my knowing. 16 I will come in the power of Adonai ELOHIM and recall your righteousness, yours alone. 17 God, you have taught me since I was young, and I still proclaim your wonderful works. 18 So now that I'm old, and my hair is gray, don't abandon me, God, till I have proclaimed your strength to the next generation, your power to all who will come, 19 your righteousness too, God, which reaches to the heights. God, you have done great things; who is there like you? 20 You have made me see much trouble and hardship, but you will revive me again and bring me up from the depths of the earth. 21 You will increase my honor; turn and comfort me. 22 As for me, I will praise you with a lyre for your faithfulness, my God. I will sing praises to you with a lute, Holy One of Isra'el. 23 My lips will shout for joy; I will sing your praise, because you have redeemed me. 24 All day long my tongue will speak of your righteousness. For those who are seeking to harm me will be put to shame and disgraced.
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