Psalm 71

Prayer of an Old Man for Deliverance.

1 1In You, O LORD, I have taken refuge; Let me never * be ashamed.
2 2In Your righteousness deliver me and rescue me; 3Incline Your ear to me and save me.
3 4Be to me a rock of 5habitation to which I may continually come; You have given 6commandment to save me, For You are 7my rock and my fortress.
4 8Rescue me, O my God, out of the hand of the wicked, Out of the grasp of the wrongdoer and ruthless man,
5 For You are my 9hope; O Lord GOD, You are my 10confidence from my youth.
6 By You I have been 11sustained from my birth; You are He who 12took me from my mother's womb; My 13praise is continually of You.
7 I have become a 14marvel to many, For You are 15my strong refuge.
8 My 16mouth is filled with Your praise And with 17Your glory all day long.
9 Do not cast me off in the 18time of old age; Do not forsake me when my strength fails.
10 For my enemies have spoken against me; And those who 19watch for my life 20have consulted together,
11 Saying, "21God has forsaken him; Pursue and seize him, for there is 22no one to deliver."
12 O God, 23do not be far from me; O my God, 24hasten to my help!
13 Let those who are adversaries of my soul be 25ashamed and consumed; Let them be 26covered with reproach and dishonor, who 27seek to injure me.
14 But as for me, I will 28hope continually, And will 29praise You yet more and more.
15 My 30mouth shall tell of Your righteousness And of 31Your salvation all day long; For I 32do not know the sum of them.
16 I will come 33with the mighty deeds of the Lord GOD; I will 34make mention of Your righteousness, Yours alone.
17 O God, You 35have taught me from my youth, And I still * 36declare Your wondrous deeds.
18 And even when I am 37old and gray, O God, do not forsake me, Until I 38declare Your strength to this generation, Your power to all who are to come.
19 For Your 39righteousness, O God, reaches to the heavens, You who have 40done great things; O God, 41who is like You?
20 You who have 42shown me many troubles and distresses Will 43revive me again, And will bring me up again 44from the depths of the earth.
21 May You increase my 45greatness And turn to 46comfort me.
22 I will also praise You with 47a harp, Even Your truth, O my God; To You I will sing praises with the 48lyre, O 49Holy One of Israel.
23 My lips will 50shout for joy when I sing praises to You; And my 51soul, which You have redeemed.
24 My 52tongue also will utter Your righteousness all day long; For they are 53ashamed, for they are humiliated who seek my hurt.
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