Psalms 71

Forsake Me Not When My Strength Is Spent

1 a  In you, O  Lord, do I take refuge;
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 rock of b  refuge,
to which I may continually come;
you have c  given the command to save me,
for you are my d  rock and my fortress.
4 e  Rescue me, O my God, from the hand of the wicked,
from the grasp of the unjust and cruel man.
5For you, O Lord, are my f  hope,
my trust, O  Lord, from my youth.
6Upon you I have leaned g  from before my birth;
you are he who h  took me from my mother’s womb.
My praise is continually of you.
7 I have been as i  a portent to many,
but you are my strong refuge.
8My j  mouth is filled with your praise,
and with your glory all the day.
9 k  Do not cast me off in the time of old age;
forsake me not when my strength is spent.
10For my enemies speak concerning me;
those who l  watch for my life m  consult together
11and say, “God has forsaken him;
pursue and seize him,
for there is none to deliver him.”
12 O God, be not n  far from me;
O my God, o  make haste to help me!
13May my accusers be p  put to shame and consumed;
q  with scorn and disgrace may they be covered
who r  seek my hurt.
14But I will s  hope continually
and will t  praise you yet more and more.
15My u  mouth will tell of your righteous acts,
of your deeds of salvation all the day,
for v  their number is past my knowledge.
16With the mighty deeds of the Lord  God I will come;
I will remind them of your righteousness, yours alone.
17 O God, from my youth you have taught me,
and I still proclaim your wondrous deeds.
18So even to w  old age and gray hairs,
O God x  do not forsake me,
until I proclaim your might to another generation,
your power to all those to come.
19Your y  righteousness, O God,
reaches the high heavens.
You who have done z  great things,
O God aa  who is like you?
20You who have ab  made me see many troubles and calamities
will ac  revive me again;
from the depths of the earth
you will bring me up again.
21You will increase my greatness
and comfort me again.
22 I will also praise you with ad  the harp
for your faithfulness, O my God;
I will sing praises to you with the lyre,
O ae  Holy One of Israel.
23My lips will shout for joy,
when I sing praises to you;
my soul also, which you have af  redeemed.
24And my ag  tongue will talk of your righteous help all the day long,
for they have been ah  put to shame and disappointed
who sought to do me hurt.
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