Psalms 71

1In thee, O Jehovah, do I take refuge. Let me never be put to shame. 2Deliver me in thy righteousness, and rescue me. Bow down thine ear to me, and save me. 3Be thou to me a rock of habitation to which I may continually resort. Thou have given commandment to save me, for thou are my rock and my fortress. 4Rescue me, O my God, out of the hand of a wicked man, out of the hand of an unrighteous and cruel man. 5For thou are my hope, O lord Jehovah, my trust from my youth. 6By thee I have been held up from the womb. Thou are he who took me out of my mother's bowels. My praise shall be continually of thee. 7I am as a wonder to many, but thou are my strong refuge. 8My mouth shall be filled with thy praise, and with thy honor all the day. 9Cast me not off in the time of old age. Forsake me not when my strength fails. 10For my enemies speak concerning me, and those who watch for my soul take counsel together, 11saying, God has forsaken him. Pursue and take him, for there is none to deliver. 12O God, be not far from me. O my God, make haste to help me. 13Let them be put to shame and consumed who are adversaries to my soul. Let them be covered with reproach and dishonor who seek my hurt. 14But I will hope continually, and will praise thee yet more and more. 15My mouth shall tell of thy righteousness, of thy salvation all the day, for I know not the numbers. 16I will come with the mighty acts of the lord Jehovah. I will make mention of thy righteousness, even of thine only. 17O God, thou have taught me from my youth, and I have declared thy wondrous works until now. 18Yea, even when I am old and gray headed, O God, forsake me not, until I have declared thy strength to a generation, thy might to everyone who is to come. 19Thy righteousness also, O God, is very high, thou who have done great things. O God, who is like thee? 20Thou, who have shown us many and great troubles, will revive us again, and will bring us up again from the depths of the earth. 21Increase thou my greatness, and turn again and comfort me. 22I will also praise thee with the psaltery, even thy truth, O my God. To thee I will sing praises with the harp, O thou Holy One of Israel. 23My lips shall shout for joy when I sing praises to thee, and my soul, which thou have redeemed. 24My tongue also shall talk of thy righteousness all the day long. For they are put to shame, for they are confounded, who seek my hurt.
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