Psalms 71

Psalm 711

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 ridge7 and my stronghold.

71:4 My God, rescue me from the power8 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 me12 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 me20 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 about24 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 declaring25 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 again33 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,

praising36 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 me40 will be embarrassed and ashamed.41

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