Psalms 31
For the music leader. A psalm of David.
1I take refuge in you, LORD.
Please never let me be put to shame.
Rescue me by your righteousness!
2Listen closely to me!
Deliver me quickly;
be a rock that protects me;
be a strong fortress that saves me!
3You are definitely my rock and my fortress.
Guide me and lead me for the sake of your good name!
4Get me out of this net that’s been set for me
because you are my protective fortress.
5I entrust my spirit into your hands;
you, LORD, God of faithfulness—
you have saved me.
6I hate those who embrace what is completely worthless.
I myself trust the LORD.
7I rejoice and celebrate in your faithful love
because you saw my suffering—
you were intimately acquainted with my deep distress.
8You didn’t hand me over to the enemy,
but set my feet in wide-open spaces.
9Have mercy on me, LORD, because I’m depressed.
My vision fails because of my grief,
as do my spirit and my body.
10My life is consumed with sadness;
my years are consumed with groaning.
Strength fails me because of my suffering;#LXX, Syr; MT my sin
my bones dry up.
11I’m a joke to all my enemies,
still worse to my neighbors.
I scare my friends,
and whoever sees me in the street runs away!
12I am forgotten, like I’m dead,
completely out of mind;
I am like a piece of pottery, destroyed.
13Yes, I’ve heard all the gossiping,
terror all around;
so many gang up together against me,
they plan to take my life!
14But me? I trust you, LORD!
I affirm, "You are my God."
15My future is in your hands.
Don’t hand me over to my enemies,
to all who are out to get me!
16Shine your face on your servant;
save me by your faithful love!
17LORD, don’t let me be put to shame
because I have cried out to you.
Let the wicked be put to shame;
let them be silenced in death’s domain!#Heb Sheol
18Let their lying lips be shut up
whenever they speak arrogantly
against the righteous with pride and contempt!
19How great is the goodness
that you’ve reserved for those who honor you,
that you commit to those who take refuge in you—
in the sight of everyone!
20You hide them in the shelter of your wings,#Correction; see Ps 61:5; MT in the hiding place of your face.
safe from human scheming.
You conceal them in a shelter,
safe from accusing tongues.
21Bless the LORD,
because he has wondrously revealed
his faithful love to me
when I was like a city under siege!
22When I was panicked, I said,
"I’m cut off from your eyes!"
But you heard my request for mercy
when I cried out to you for help.
23All you who are faithful, love the LORD!
The LORD protects those who are loyal,
but he pays the proud back to the fullest degree.
24All you who wait for the LORD,
be strong and let your heart take courage.
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