Psalms 31
A Plea for Protection
For the choir director. A Davidic psalm.
1Lord, I seek refuge in You;
let me never be disgraced. # Ps 25:2
Save me by Your righteousness.
2Listen closely to me; rescue me quickly.
Be a rock of refuge for me,
a mountain fortress to save me. # Ps 71:1-2
3For You are my rock and my fortress; # Ps 18:2; 71:3
You lead and guide me
because of Your name. # Ps 23:3; 25:11
4You will free me from the net
that is secretly set for me,
for You are my refuge. # Ps 25:15; 46:1
5Into Your hand I entrust my spirit; # Lk 23:46
You redeem # Or You have redeemed, or You will redeem, or spirit. Redeem me, Lord, God of truth. # Ps 25:5
6I # One Hb ms, LXX, Syr, Vg, Jer read You hate those who are devoted to worthless idols,
but I trust in the Lord. # Ps 26:5; Jnh 2:8
7I will rejoice and be glad in Your faithful love
because You have seen my affliction.
You have known the troubles of my life # Ps 10:14
8and have not handed me over to the enemy. # Dt 32:30
You have set my feet in a spacious place. # Jb 36:16
9Be gracious to me, Lord,
because I am in distress; # Ps 69:17
my eyes are worn out from angry sorrow —
my whole being # Lit my soul and my belly as well. # Ps 6:7; 63:1
10Indeed, my life is consumed with grief
and my years with groaning; # Ps 102:3
my strength has failed
because of my sinfulness, # LXX, Syr, Sym read affliction
and my bones waste away. # Ps 32:3; 38:3
11I am ridiculed by all my adversaries
and even by my neighbors.
I am dreaded by my acquaintances;
those who see me in the street run from me. # Jb 19:13; Ps 38:11; 88:8,18
12I am forgotten: gone from memory
like a dead person — like broken pottery. # Ps 88:5; Ec 9:5
13I have heard the gossip of many;
terror is on every side. # Jr 20:10
When they conspired against me,
they plotted to take my life. # Ps 41:7; Mt 27:1
14But I trust in You, Lord;
I say, “You are my God.” # Ps 140:6
15The course of my life is in Your power; # Jb 14:5; 24:1
deliver me from the power of my enemies
and from my persecutors. # Ps 59:1
16Show Your favor to Your servant;
save me by Your faithful love. # Ps 6:4; 119:135
17Lord, do not let me be disgraced when I call on You. # Ps 25:2-3,20
Let the wicked be disgraced;
let them be silent # LXX reads brought down # Or them perish, or them wail in Sheol. # Ps 94:17; 115:17
18Let lying lips be quieted; # Ps 120:2
they speak arrogantly against the righteous
with pride and contempt. # 1Sm 2:3; Ps 94:4
19How great is Your goodness
that You have stored up for those who fear You
and accomplished in the sight of everyone
for those who take refuge in You. # Ps 5:11; 23:5
20You hide them in the protection of Your presence;
You conceal them in a shelter # Lit canopy
from the schemes of men,
from quarrelsome tongues. # Ps 27:5; 32:7
21May the Lord be praised,
for He has wonderfully shown His faithful love to me
in a city under siege. # Or a fortified city # Ps 28:6
22In my alarm I had said,
“I am cut off from Your sight.” # Ps 88:5; Is 38:11-12
But You heard the sound of my pleading
when I cried to You for help. # Ps 66:19; 145:19
23Love the Lord, all His faithful ones. # Ps 30:4
The Lord protects the loyal,
but fully repays the arrogant. # Ps 94:2
24Be strong # Lit Let your heart be strong and courageous,
all you who put your hope in the Lord. # Ps 27:14

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