Psalm 31 (New International Version)

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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 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. 3 Since you are my rock and my fortress,6 for the sake of your name7 lead and guide me. 4 Free me from the trap8 that is set for me, for you are my refuge.9 5 Into your hands I commit my spirit;10 redeem me, O LORD, the God of truth.11 6 I hate those who cling to worthless idols;12 I trust in the LORD.13 7 I will be glad and rejoice in your love, for you saw my affliction14 and knew the anguish15 of my soul. 8 You have not handed me over16 to the enemy but have set my feet in a spacious place.17 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. 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 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. 12 I am forgotten by them as though I were dead;29 I have become like broken pottery. 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 14 But I trust34 in you, O LORD; I say, "You are my God." 15 My times35 are in your hands; deliver me from my enemies and from those who pursue me. 16 Let your face shine36 on your servant; save me in your unfailing love.37 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 18 Let their lying lips40 be silenced, for with pride and contempt they speak arrogantly41 against the righteous. 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. 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. 21 Praise be to the LORD,48 for he showed his wonderful love49 to me when I was in a besieged city.50 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. 23 Love the LORD, all his saints!54 The LORD preserves the faithful,55 but the proud he pays back56 in full. 24 Be strong and take heart,57 all you who hope in the LORD.
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