- 1 For the leader. A psalm of David.
- In you, LORD, I take refuge; let me never be put to shame. In your justice deliver me;
- incline your ear to me; make haste to rescue me! Be my rock of refuge, a stronghold to save me.
- You are my rock and my fortress; for your name's sake lead and guide me.
- Free me from the net they have set for me, for you are my refuge.
- 2 Into your hands I commend my spirit; you will redeem me, LORD, faithful God.
- You hate those who serve worthless idols, but I trust in the LORD.
- I will rejoice and be glad in your love, once you have seen my misery, observed my distress.
- You will not abandon me into enemy hands, but will set my feet in a free and open space.
- Be gracious to me, LORD, for I am in distress; with grief my eyes are wasted, my soul and body spent.
- My life is worn out by sorrow, my years by sighing. My strength fails in affliction; my bones are consumed.
- To all my foes I am a thing of scorn, to my neighbors, a dreaded sight, a horror to my friends. When they see me in the street, they quickly shy away.
- 3 I am forgotten, out of mind like the dead; I am like a shattered dish.
- 4 I hear the whispers of the crowd; terrors are all around me. They conspire against me; they plot to take my life.
- But I trust in you, LORD; I say, "You are my God."
- My times are in your hands; rescue me from my enemies, from the hands of my pursuers.
- Let your face shine on your servant; save me in your kindness.
- Do not let me be put to shame, for I have called to you, LORD. Put the wicked to shame; reduce them to silence in Sheol.
- Strike dumb their lying lips, proud lips that attack the just in contempt and scorn.
- How great is your goodness, Lord, stored up for those who fear you. You display it for those who trust you, in the sight of all the people.
- You hide them in the shelter of your presence, safe from scheming enemies. You keep them in your abode, safe from plotting tongues.
- Blessed be the LORD, who has shown me wondrous love, and been for me a city most secure.
- Once I said in my anguish, "I am shut out from your sight." Yet you heard my plea, when I cried out to you.
- Love the LORD, all you faithful. The LORD protects the loyal, but repays the arrogant in full.
- Be strong and take heart, all you who hope in the LORD.
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Footnotes1 [Psalm 31] A lament (Psalm 31:2-19) with a strong emphasis on trust (Psalm 31:4,6,15-16), ending with an anticipatory thanksgiving (Psalm 31:20-24). As is usual in laments, the affliction is couched in general terms. The psalmist feels overwhelmed by evil people but trusts in the "faithful God" (Psalm 31:6).
2 Into your hands I commend my spirit: in Luke 23:46 Jesus breathes his last with this psalm verse. Stephen in Acts 7:59 illudes to these words as he is attacked by enemies. The verse is used as an antiphon in the Divine Office at Compline, the last prayer of the day.
3 Like a shattered dish: a common comparison for something ruined and useless. Cf Isaiah 30:14; Jer 19:11; 22:28
4 Terrors are all around: a cry used in inescapable danger. Cf Jer 6:25; 20:10; 46:5; 49:29.
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