A Prayer to God the Rock of Refuge
1In you, O Yahweh, I have taken 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 for me a rock of refuge to resort to always;
you have ordained#Or “commanded” to save me,
because you are my rock and my fortress.
4My God, rescue me from the hand of the wicked,
from the grasp#Literally “palm” of the evildoer and the oppressor,
5because you are my hope,
O Lord Yahweh, my confidence from my youth.
6Upon you I have leaned from birth.#Literally “from the belly”
It was you who took#Literally “cut,” that is, the umbilical cord me from the womb of my mother.
My praise is of you continually.
7I have become a wonder to many,
but you are my strong refuge.
8My mouth is filled with your praise,
with your glory all the day.
9Do not cast me away in the time of old age;
when my strength fails do not abandon me.
10For my enemies talk concerning me,
and those who watch for my life conspire together,
11saying, “His God has abandoned him.
Pursue and seize him, because there is no deliverer.”
12O God, do not be far from me.
My God, hurry to help me.
13Let them be ashamed; let them perish
who are my adversaries.#Literally “adversaries of my soul”
Let them wrap themselves with scorn and disgrace
who seek my harm.
14But as for me, I will hope continually
and increase your praise.
15My mouth will tell of your righteousness,
your salvation all day long,#Literally “all the day”
though I do not know the full sum of them.
16I will come in to tell the mighty deeds of Lord Yahweh.
I will make known#Literally “bring to remembrance” your righteousness, yours only.
17O God, you have taught me from my youth,
and up to now I have proclaimed your wonderful deeds.
18And even when I am old and gray,
O God, do not abandon me
until I proclaim your strength#Literally “arm” to this generation,
your power to every one that comes after.
19And your righteousness, O God, is to the height of heaven.
You who have done great things,
O God, who is like you?
20You who have caused me#According to the reading tradition (Qere) to see many troubles and evils,
you will again revive me.#According to the reading tradition (Qere)
And from the depths of the earth
you will again bring me up.
21You will increase my greatness,
and you will comfort me all around.#A slightly different vocalization yields, “… comfort me again”; compare the LXX.
22On my part, I will praise you with a stringed instrument,
and your faithfulness, O my God.
I will sing praises to you with a lyre,
O Holy One of Israel.
23My lips will sing for joy when I sing praises to you,
and my soul, which you have redeemed.
24My tongue also
will speak of your righteousness all the day,
because they have been put to shame, because they have been humiliated
who seek my harm.