- 1 In you, LORD, I take refuge; let me never be put to shame.
- In your justice rescue and deliver me; listen to me and save me!
- Be my rock and refuge, my secure stronghold; for you are my rock and fortress.
- My God, rescue me from the power of the wicked, from the clutches of the violent.
- You are my hope, Lord; my trust, GOD, from my youth.
- On you I depend since birth; from my mother's womb you are my strength; my hope in you never wavers.
- 2 I have become a portent to many, but you are my strong refuge!
- My mouth shall be filled with your praise, shall sing your glory every day.
- Do not cast me aside in my old age; as my strength fails, do not forsake me.
- For my enemies speak against me; they watch and plot against me.
- They say, "God has abandoned that one Pursue, seize the wretch! No one will come to the rescue!"
- God, do not stand far from me; my God, hasten to help me.
- Bring to a shameful end those who attack me; Cover with contempt and scorn those who seek my ruin.
- I will always hope in you and add to all your praise.
- My mouth shall proclaim your just deeds, day after day your acts of deliverance, though I cannot number them all.
- I will speak of the mighty works of the Lord; O GOD, I will tell of your singular justice.
- God, you have taught me from my youth; to this day I proclaim your wondrous deeds.
- Now that I am old and gray, do not forsake me, God, That I may proclaim your might to all generations yet to come, Your power
- and justice, God, to the highest heaven. You have done great things; O God, who is your equal?
- You have sent me many bitter afflictions, but once more revive me. From the watery depths of the earth once more raise me up.
- Restore my honor; turn and comfort me,
- That I may praise you with the lyre for your faithfulness, my God, And sing to you with the harp, O Holy One of Israel!
- My lips will shout for joy as I sing your praise; my soul, too, which you have redeemed.
- Yes, my tongue shall recount your justice day by day. For those who sought my ruin will have been shamed and disgraced.
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Footnotes1 [Psalm 71] A lament of an old person (Psalm 71:9,18) whose afflictions are interpreted by enemies as a divine judgment (Psalm 71:11). The first part of the psalm pleads for help (Psalm 71:1-4) on the basis of a hope learned from a lifetime's experience of God; the second part describes the menace (Psalm 71:9-13) yet remains buoyant (Psalm 71:14-16); the third develops the theme of hope and praise.
2 A portent to many: the afflictions of the sufferer are taken as a manifestation of God's anger. Cf Deut 28:46; Psalm 31:12.
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