Psalms 31

1In thee, O Jehovah, do I take refuge. Let me never be put to shame. Deliver me in thy righteousness. 2Bow down thine ear to me. Deliver me speedily. Be thou to me a strong rock, a house of defense to save me. 3For thou are my rock and my fortress. Therefore for thy name's sake lead me and guide me. 4Pluck me out of the net that they have laid secretly for me, for thou are my stronghold. 5Into thy hand I commend my spirit. Thou have redeemed me, O Jehovah, thou God of truth. 6I hate those who regard lying vanities, but I trust in Jehovah. 7I will be glad and rejoice in thy loving kindness, for thou have seen my affliction. Thou have known my soul in adversities, 8and thou have not shut me up into the hand of the enemy. Thou have set my feet in a large place. 9Have mercy upon me, O Jehovah, for I am in distress. My eye wastes away with grief, yea, my soul and my body. 10For my life is spent with sorrow, and my years with sighing. My strength fails because of my iniquity, and my bones are wasted away. 11I have become a reproach because of all my adversaries, yea, to my neighbors exceedingly, and a fear to my acquaintances. Those who saw me outside fled from me. 12I am forgotten as a dead man out of mind. I am like a broken vessel. 13For I have heard the slander of many. Fear was on every side, while they took counsel together against me. They devised to take away my life. 14But I trusted in thee, O Jehovah. I said, Thou are my God. 15My times are in thy hand. Deliver me from the hand of my enemies, and from those who persecute me. 16Make thy face to shine upon thy servant. Save me in thy loving kindness. 17Let me not be put to shame, O Jehovah, for I have called upon thee. Let the wicked be put to shame. Let them be silent in Sheol. 18Let the lying lips be dumb, which speak against the righteous man insolently, with pride and contempt. 19O how great is thy goodness, which thou have laid up for those who fear thee, which thou have wrought for those who take refuge in thee before the sons of men! 20In the covert of thy presence thou will hide them from the plotting of man. Thou will keep them secretly in a pavilion from the strife of tongues. 21Blessed be Jehovah, for he has shown me his marvelous loving kindness in a strong city. 22As for me, I said in my haste, I am cut off from before thine eyes. Nevertheless thou heard the voice of my supplications when I cried to thee. 23O love Jehovah, all ye his sanctified. Jehovah preserves the faithful, and plentifully repays him who deals proudly. 24Be strong, and let your heart take courage, all ye who hope in Jehovah.
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