Psalm 31 (New American Standard)

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A Psalm of Complaint and of Praise.

1 1In You, O LORD, I have taken refuge ; Let me never 2be ashamed ; 3In Your righteousness deliver me. 2 4Incline Your ear to me, rescue me quickly ; Be to me a 5rock of astrength, A stronghold to save me. 3 For You are my brock and 6my fortress ; For 7Your name's sake You will lead me and guide me. 4 You will 8pull me out of the net which they have secretly laid for me, For You are my 9strength. 5 10Into Your hand I commit my spirit ; You have 11ransomed me, O LORD, 12God of ctruth. 6 I hate those who 13regard dvain idols, But I 14trust in the LORD. 7 I will 15rejoice and be glad in Your lovingkindness, Because You have 16seen my affliction ; You have known the troubles of my soul, 8 And You have not 17given me over into the hand of the enemy ; You have set my feet in a large place. 9 Be gracious to me, O LORD, for 18I am in distress ; My 19eye is wasted away from grief, 20my soul and my body also. 10 For my life is spent with 21sorrow And my years with sighing ; My 22strength has failed because of my iniquity, And 23my ebody has wasted away. 11 Because of all my adversaries, I have become a 24reproach, Especially to my 25neighbors, And an object of dread to my acquaintances ; Those who see me in the street flee from me. 12 I am 26forgotten as a dead man, out of mind ; I am like a broken vessel. 13 For I have heard the f27slander of many, 28Terror is on every side ; While they 29took counsel together against me, They 30schemed to take away my life. 14 But as for me, I trust in You, O LORD, I say, "31You are my God." 15 My 32times are in Your hand ; 33Deliver me from the hand of my enemies and from those who persecute me. 16 Make Your 34face to shine upon Your servant ; 35Save me in Your lovingkindness. 17 Let me not be 36put to shame, O LORD, for I call upon You; Let the 37wicked be put to shame, let them 38be silent in gSheol. 18 Let the 39lying lips be mute, Which 40speak arrogantly against the righteous With pride and contempt. 19 How great is Your 41goodness, Which You have stored up for those who fear You, Which You have wrought for those who 42take refuge in You, 43Before the sons of men ! 20 You hide them in the 44secret place of Your presence from the 45conspiracies of man ; You keep them secretly in a hshelter from the 46strife of tongues. 21 47Blessed be the LORD, For He has made 48marvelous His lovingkindness to me in a besieged 49city. 22 As for me, 50I said in my alarm, "I am 51cut off from before Your eyes "; Nevertheless You 52heard the voice of my supplications When I cried to You. 23 O love the LORD, all you 53His godly ones ! The LORD 54preserves the faithful And fully 55recompenses the proud doer. 24 56Be strong and let your heart take courage, All you who ihope in the LORD.
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