Psalms 31

A Psalm of Complaint and of Praise.

For the choir director. A Psalm of David.

1 a  In You, O  Lord, I have taken refuge;
Let me never b  be ashamed;
c  In Your righteousness deliver me.
2 d  Incline Your ear to me, rescue me quickly;
Be to me a e  rock of
Or refuge, protection
A stronghold to save me.
3For You are my
Or crag
rock and h  my fortress;
For i  Your name’s sake You will lead me and guide me.
4You will j  pull me out of the net which they have secretly laid for me,
For You are my k  strength.
5 l  Into Your hand I commit my spirit;
You have m  ransomed me, O  Lord n  God of
Or faithfulness

6I hate those who p  regard
Lit empty vanities
vain idols,
But I r  trust in the  Lord.
7I will s  rejoice and be glad in Your lovingkindness,
Because You have t  seen my affliction;
You have known the troubles of my soul,
8And You have not u  given me over into the hand of the enemy;
You have set my feet in a large place.

9Be gracious to me, O  Lord, for v  I am in distress;
My w  eye is wasted away from grief x  my soul and my body also.
10For my life is spent with y  sorrow
And my years with sighing;
My z  strength has failed because of my iniquity,
And aa  my
Or bones, substance
body has wasted away.
11Because of all my adversaries, I have become a ac  reproach,
Especially to my ad  neighbors,
And an object of dread to my acquaintances;
Those who see me in the street flee from me.
12I am ae  forgotten as a dead man, out of mind;
I am like a broken vessel.
13For I have heard the
Lit whispering
ag  slander of many,
ah  Terror is on every side;
While they ai  took counsel together against me,
They aj  schemed to take away my life.

14But as for me, I trust in You, O  Lord,
I say ak  You are my God.”
15My al  times are in Your hand;
am  Deliver me from the hand of my enemies and from those who persecute me.
16Make Your an  face to shine upon Your servant;
ao  Save me in Your lovingkindness.
17Let me not be ap  put to shame, O  Lord, for I call upon You;
Let the aq  wicked be put to shame, let them ar  be silent in
I.e. the nether world
18Let the at  lying lips be mute,
Which au  speak arrogantly against the righteous
With pride and contempt.

19How great is Your av  goodness,
Which You have stored up for those who fear You,
Which You have wrought for those who aw  take refuge in You,
ax  Before the sons of men!
20You hide them in the ay  secret place of Your presence from the az  conspiracies of man;
You keep them secretly in a
Or pavilion
shelter from the bb  strife of tongues.
21 bc  Blessed be the  Lord,
For He has made bd  marvelous His lovingkindness to me in a besieged be  city.
22As for me, bf  I said in my alarm,
“I am bg  cut off from before Your eyes”;
Nevertheless You bh  heard the voice of my supplications
When I cried to You.

23O love the  Lord, all you bi  His godly ones!
The  Lord bj  preserves the faithful
And fully bk  recompenses the proud doer.
24 bl  Be strong and let your heart take courage,
All you who
Or wait for
hope in the  Lord.

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