Bible: Psalm 71

Psalm 71 1 

71:1 In you, O Lord, I have taken shelter!

Never let me be humiliated!

71:2 Vindicate me by rescuing me! 2 

Listen to me! 3  Deliver me! 4 

71:3 Be my protector and refuge, 5 

a stronghold where I can be safe! 6 

For you are my high ridge 7  and my stronghold.

71:4 My God, rescue me from the power 8  of the wicked,

from the hand of the cruel oppressor!

71:5 For you give me confidence, 9  O Lord;

O Lord, I have trusted in you since I was young. 10 

71:6 I have leaned on you since birth; 11 

you pulled me 12  from my mother’s womb.

I praise you continually. 13 

71:7 Many are appalled when they see me, 14 

but you are my secure shelter.

71:8 I praise you constantly

and speak of your splendor all day long. 15 

71:9 Do not reject me in my old age! 16 

When my strength fails, do not abandon me!

71:10 For my enemies talk about me;

those waiting for a chance to kill me plot my demise. 17 

71:11 They say, 18 God has abandoned him.

Run and seize him, for there is no one who will rescue him!

71:12 O God, do not remain far away from me!

My God, hurry and help me! 19 

71:13 May my accusers be humiliated and defeated!

May those who want to harm me 20  be covered with scorn and disgrace!

71:14 As for me, I will wait continually,

and will continue to praise you. 21 

71:15 I will tell about your justice,

and all day long proclaim your salvation, 22 

though I cannot fathom its full extent. 23 

71:16 I will come and tell about 24  the mighty acts of the sovereign Lord.

I will proclaim your justice – yours alone.

71:17 O God, you have taught me since I was young,

and I am still declaring 25  your amazing deeds.

71:18 Even when I am old and gray, 26 

O God, do not abandon me,

until I tell the next generation about your strength,

and those coming after me about your power. 27 

71:19 Your justice, O God, extends to the skies above; 28 

you have done great things. 29 

O God, who can compare to you? 30 

71:20 Though you have allowed me to experience much trouble and distress, 31 

revive me once again! 32 

Bring me up once again 33  from the depths of the earth!

71:21 Raise me to a position of great honor! 34 

Turn and comfort me! 35 

71:22 I will express my thanks to you with a stringed instrument,

praising 36  your faithfulness, O my God!

I will sing praises to you accompanied by a harp,

O Holy One of Israel! 37 

71:23 My lips will shout for joy! Yes, 38  I will sing your praises!

I will praise you when you rescue me! 39 

71:24 All day long my tongue will also tell about your justice,

for those who want to harm me 40  will be embarrassed and ashamed. 41 

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