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Psalm 71:9

9 Do not cast me away when I am old; do not forsake me when my strength is gone.

Read Psalm 71:9 Using Other Translations

Cast me not off in the time of old age; forsake me not when my strength faileth.
Do not cast me off in the time of old age; forsake me not when my strength is spent.
And now, in my old age, don’t set me aside. Don’t abandon me when my strength is failing.

What does Psalm 71:9 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Psalms 71:9

Cast me not off in the time of old age
The Lord never casts off nor casts away his people, whom he foreknew; they are near unto him; they are on his heart, and are engraven on the palms of his hands; and they shall never be removed from his heart's love, nor out of his arms, nor out of his covenant, and shall always be the objects of his care: he bears and carries them to old age, and even to hoary hairs: the Lord had been the guide of David's youth, and his trust then, ( Psalms 71:5 ) ; and now he desires he would be the staff of his old age; at which age he was when Absalom rebelled against him;

forsake me not when my strength faileth:
as it does when old age comes on; then the keepers of the house tremble, and the strong men bow themselves, and especially at death, when flesh and heart fail; but God will never forsake his people, neither in youth nor in old age, neither in life nor at death.

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