Psalms 71
1In thee, O Lord, have I waited; let me not be forever put to shame.2Deliver me in thy righteousness and cause me to escape; incline thine ear unto me and save me.3Be thou my strong habitation unto which I may continually resort; thou hast given a commandment that I should be saved because thou art my rock and my fortress.4Deliver me, O my God, out of the hand of the wicked, out of the hand of the perverse and violent man.5For thou art my hope, O Lord GOD; thou art my security from my youth.6By thee have I been sustained from the womb; thou art he that took me out of my mother’s bowels; my praise has been continually of thee.7I am as a wonder unto many, but thou art my strong refuge.8Let my mouth be filled with thy praise and with thy glory all the day.9Do not cast me off in the time of old age; do not forsake me when my strength fails.10For my enemies speak against me, and those that lay in wait for my soul take counsel together,11saying, God has forsaken him; persecute and take him for there is no one to deliver him.12O God, be not far from me; O my God, make haste for my help.13Let them be confounded and consumed that are adversaries to my soul; let them be covered with reproach and dishonour that seek my hurt.
14But I will continually wait and will add upon all thy praise.15My mouth shall show forth thy righteousness and thy salvation all the day, for I know not the numbers thereof.16I will go in the strength of the Lord GOD; I will make mention of thy righteousness, even of thine only.17O God, thou hast taught me from my youth and until now; I shall manifest thy wondrous works.18Now also when I am old and grayheaded, O God, forsake me not until I have showed the strength of thy arm unto the next generation and thy power to every one that is to come,19and thy righteousness, O God, unto excellence because thou hast done great things; O God, who is like unto thee!20Thou who hast caused me to see great and sore troubles, shalt return and quicken me and shalt bring me up again from the depths of the earth.21Thou shalt increase my greatness and comfort me on every side.22I will also praise thee with an instrument of the psaltery, O my God; unto thee will I sing thy truth with the harp, O thou Holy One of Israel.23My lips shall greatly rejoice when I sing praises unto thee and my soul, which thou hast ransomed.24In the same manner my tongue shall talk of thy righteousness every day, for they are confounded, for they are brought unto shame, that seek my hurt.