Psalm 31 NIV

31:1-4pp -- Ps 71:1-3

For the director of music. A psalm of David.

1 In you, O LORD, I have taken refuge;1 let me never be put to shame; deliver me in your righteousness.2

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2 Turn your ear to me,3 come quickly to my rescue;4 be my rock of refuge,5 a strong fortress to save me.

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3 Since you are my rock and my fortress,6 for the sake of your name7 lead and guide me.

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4 Free me from the trap8 that is set for me, for you are my refuge.9

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5 Into your hands I commit my spirit;10 redeem me, O LORD, the God of truth.11

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6 I hate those who cling to worthless idols;12 I trust in the LORD.13

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7 I will be glad and rejoice in your love, for you saw my affliction14 and knew the anguish15 of my soul.

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8 You have not handed me over16 to the enemy but have set my feet in a spacious place.17

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9 Be merciful to me, O LORD, for I am in distress;18 my eyes grow weak with sorrow,19 my soul and my body20 with grief.

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10 My life is consumed by anguish21 and my years by groaning;22 my strength fails23 because of my affliction,a24 and my bones grow weak.25

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      11 Because of all my enemies,26 I am the utter contempt27 of my neighbors;28 I am a dread to my friends-- those who see me on the street flee from me.

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      12 I am forgotten by them as though I were dead;29 I have become like broken pottery.

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      13 For I hear the slander30 of many; there is terror on every side;31 they conspire against me32 and plot to take my life.33

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      14 But I trust34 in you, O LORD; I say, "You are my God."

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      15 My times35 are in your hands; deliver me from my enemies and from those who pursue me.

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      16 Let your face shine36 on your servant; save me in your unfailing love.37

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      17 Let me not be put to shame,38 O LORD, for I have cried out to you; but let the wicked be put to shame and lie silent39 in the grave.b

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      18 Let their lying lips40 be silenced, for with pride and contempt they speak arrogantly41 against the righteous.

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      19 How great is your goodness,42 which you have stored up for those who fear you, which you bestow in the sight of men43 on those who take refuge44 in you.

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      20 In the shelter45 of your presence you hide46 them from the intrigues of men;47 in your dwelling you keep them safe from accusing tongues.

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      21 Praise be to the LORD,48 for he showed his wonderful love49 to me when I was in a besieged city.50

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      22 In my alarm51 I said, "I am cut off52 from your sight!" Yet you heard my cry53 for mercy when I called to you for help.

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      23 Love the LORD, all his saints!54 The LORD preserves the faithful,55 but the proud he pays back56 in full.

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      24 Be strong and take heart,57 all you who hope in the LORD.

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