Psalms 71

By David, A Psalm sung by the sons of Jonadab, and the first that were taken captive.

1 O Lord, I have hoped in You; let me never be put to shame. 2In Your righteousness deliver me and rescue me: incline Your ear to me, and save me. 3Be to me a protecting God, and a stronghold to save me; for You are my fortress and my refuge. 4Deliver me, O my God, from the hand of the sinner, from the hand of the transgressor and unjust man. 5For You are my support, O Lord; O Lord, You are my hope from my youth. 6On You have I been stayed from the womb: from the belly of my mother You have been my protector: of You is my praise offered continually. 7I have become as it were a wonder to many, but You are my strong helper. 8Let my mouth be filled with praise, that I may hymn Your glory, and Your majesty all the day. 9Do not cast me off at the time of old age; do not forsake me when my strength fails. 10For my enemies have spoken against me; and they that lay wait for my soul have taken counsel together, 11saying, God has forsaken him: persecute him, and take him; for there is none to deliver him. 12O God, go not far from me, O my God, draw near to my help. 13Let those that plot evil against my soul be ashamed and utterly fail; let those that seek my hurt be clothed with shame and dishonor. 14But I will hope continually, and will praise You more and more. 15My mouth shall declare Your righteousness openly, and Your salvation all the day; for I am not acquainted with the affairs of men. 16I will go on in the might of the Lord: O Lord, I will make mention of Your righteousness only. 17O God, You have taught me from my youth, and until now will I declare Your wonders; 18even until I am old and advanced in years. O God, forsake me not; until I have declared Your mighty arm to all the generation that is to come; 19even Your power and Your righteousness, O God, up to the highest heavens, even the mighty works which You have done; O God, who is like You? 20What many and great afflictions have You shown me! Yet You turned and revived me, and brought me again from the depths of the earth. 21You multiplied Your righteousness, and turned and comforted me, and brought me again out of the depths of the earth. 22I will also therefore give thanks to You, O God, because of Your truth, on an instrument of psalmody; I will sing psalms to You on the harp, O Holy One of Israel. 23My lips shall rejoice when I sing to You; and my soul, which You have redeemed. 24Moreover also my tongue shall dwell all the day upon Your righteousness; when they shall be ashamed and confounded that seek my hurt.
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