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Psalms 70

1 Hurry, God, to deliver me; hurry, LORD, to help me!
2 Let those who seek my life be ashamed and humiliated! Let them fall back and be disgraced— those people who delight in my downfall!
3 Let those who say, "Aha! Aha!" stop because of their shameful behavior.
4 But let all who seek you rejoice and be glad in you, and let those who love your saving help say again and again: "God is great!"
5 But me? I'm poor and needy. Hurry to me, God! You are my helper and my deliverer. Oh, LORD, don't delay!
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Psalms 71

1 I've taken refuge in you, LORD. Don't let me ever be put to shame!
2 Deliver me and rescue me by your righteousness! Bend your ear toward me and save me!
3 Be my rock of refuge where I can always escape. You commanded that my life be saved because you are my rock and my fortress.
4 My God, rescue me from the power of the wicked; rescue me from the grip of the wrongdoer and the oppressor
5 because you are my hope, Lord. You, LORD, are the one I've trusted since childhood.
6 I've depended on you from birth— you cut the cord when I came from my mother's womb. My praise is always about you.
7 I've become an example to many people because you are my strong refuge.
8 My mouth is filled with your praise, glorifying you all day long.
9 Don't cast me off in old age. Don't abandon me when my strength is used up!
10 Yes, my enemies have been talking about me; those who stalk me plot together:
11 "God has abandoned him! Pursue him! Grab him because no one will deliver him!"
12 Don't be far from me, God! My God, hurry to help me!
13 Let my accusers be put to shame, completely finished off! Let those who seek my downfall be dressed in insults and disgrace!
14 But me? I will hope. Always. I will add to all your praise.
15 My mouth will repeat your righteous acts and your saving deeds all day long. I don't even know how many of those there are!
16 I will dwell on your mighty acts, my Lord. LORD, I will help others remember nothing but your righteous deeds.
17 You've taught me since my youth, God, and I'm still proclaiming your wondrous deeds!
18 So, even in my old age with gray hair, don't abandon me, God! Not until I tell generations about your mighty arm, tell all who are yet to come about your strength,
19 and about your ultimate righteousness, God, because you've done awesome things! Who can compare to you, God?
20 You, who have shown me many troubles and calamities, will revive me once more. From the depths of the earth, you will raise me up one more time.
21 Please increase my honor and comfort me all around.
22 Then I'll give you thanks with a harp— I will thank you for your faithfulness, my God. I will make music for you with the lyre, holy one of Israel.
23 My lips will rejoice aloud when I make music for you; my whole being, which you saved, will do the same.
24 My tongue, also, will tell of your righteousness all day long, because those who seek my downfall have been put to shame and disgraced.
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Psalms 72

1 God, give your judgments to the king. Give your righteousness to the king's son.
2 Let him judge your people with righteousness and your poor ones with justice.
3 Let the mountains bring peace to the people; let the hills bring righteousness.
4 Let the king bring justice to people who are poor; let him save the children of those who are needy, but let him crush oppressors!
5 Let the king live as long as the sun, as long as the moon, generation to generation.
6 Let him fall like rain upon fresh-cut grass, like showers that water the earth.
7 Let the righteous flourish throughout their lives, and let peace prosper until the moon is no more.
8 Let the king rule from sea to sea, from the river to the ends of the earth.
9 Let the desert dwellers bow low before him; let his enemies lick the dust.
10 Let the kings of Tarshish and the islands bring tribute; let the kings of Sheba and Seba present gifts.
11 Let all the kings bow down before him; let all the nations serve him.
12 Let it be so, because he delivers the needy who cry out, the poor, and those who have no helper.
13 He has compassion on the weak and the needy; he saves the lives of those who are in need.
14 He redeems their lives from oppression and violence; their blood is precious in his eyes.
15 Let the king live long! Let Sheba's gold be given to him! Let him be prayed for always! Let him be blessed all day long!
16 Let there be abundant grain in the land. Let it wave on the mountaintops. Let its fruit flourish like Lebanon. Let it thrive like grass on the land.
17 Let the king's name last forever. Let his name endure as long as the sun. Let all the nations be blessed through him and call him happy.
18 Bless the LORD God, the God of Israel— the only one who does wondrous things!
19 Bless God's glorious name forever; let his glory fill all the earth! Amen and Amen!
20 The prayers of David, Jesse's son, are ended.
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Psalms 73

1 Truly God is good to Israel, to those who are have a pure heart.
2 But me? My feet had almost stumbled; my steps had nearly slipped
3 because I envied the arrogant; I observed how the wicked are well off:
4 They suffer no pain; their bodies are fit and strong.
5 They are never in trouble; they aren't weighed down like other people.
6 That's why they wear arrogance like a necklace, why violence covers them like clothes.
7 Their eyes bulge out from eating so well; their hearts overflow with delusions.
8 They scoff and talk so cruel; from their privileged positions they plan oppression.
9 Their mouths dare to speak against heaven! Their tongues roam the earth!
10 That's why people keep going back to them, keep approving what they say.
11 And what they say is this: "How could God possibly know! Does the Most High know anything at all!"
12 Look at these wicked ones, always relaxed, piling up the wealth!
13 Meanwhile, I've kept my heart pure for no good reason; I've washed my hands to stay innocent for nothing.
14 I'm weighed down all day long. I'm punished every morning.
15 If I said, "I will talk about all this," I would have been unfaithful to your children.
16 But when I tried to understand these things, it just seemed like hard work
17 until I entered God's sanctuary and understood what would happen to the wicked.
18 You will definitely put them on a slippery path; you will make them fall into ruin!
19 How quickly they are devastated, utterly destroyed by terrors!
20 As quickly as a dream departs from someone waking up, my Lord, when you are stirred up, you make them disappear.
21 When my heart was bitter, when I was all cut up inside,
22 I was stupid and ignorant. I acted like nothing but an animal toward you.
23 But I was still always with you! You held my strong hand!
24 You have guided me with your advice; later you will receive me with glory.
25 Do I have anyone else in heaven? There's nothing on earth I desire except you.
26 My body and my heart fail, but God is my heart's rock and my share forever.
27 Look! Those far from you die; you annihilate all those who are unfaithful to you.
28 But me? It's good for me to be near God. I have taken my refuge in you, my LORD God, so I can talk all about your works!
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