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To the director. A melody of David. 31 In you, O Jehovah,* have I taken refuge.+ O may I never be ashamed.+ In your righteousness provide escape for me.+ 2 Incline to me your ear.+ Deliver me speedily.+ Become for me a rocky stronghold,+ A house of strongholds to save me.+ 3 For you are my crag and my stronghold;+ And for the sake of your name+ you will lead me and conduct me.+ 4 You will bring me out of the net that they have hidden for me,+ For you are my fortress.+ 5 Into your hand I entrust my spirit.+ You have redeemed me,+ O Jehovah* the God of truth.*+ 6 I do hate those paying regard to worthless, vain idols;*+ But as for me, in Jehovah* I do trust.+ 7 I will be joyful and rejoice in your loving-kindness,*+ In that you have seen my affliction;+ You have known about the distresses of my soul,+ 8 And you have not surrendered me into the hand of the enemy.+ You have made my feet stand in a roomy place.+ 9 Show me favor, O Jehovah,* for I am in sore straits.+ With vexation my eye has become weak,+ my soul and my belly.+ 10 For with grief my life has come to an end,+ And my years in sighing.+ Because of my error my power has stumbled,+ And my very bones have become weak.+ 11 From the standpoint of all those showing hostility to me+ I have become a reproach,+ And to my neighbors very much so,+ And a dread to my acquaintances.+ When seeing me out of doors, they have fled from me.+ 12 Like someone dead [and] not in the heart, I have been forgotten;+ I have become like a damaged* vessel;+ 13 For I have heard the bad report by many,+ Fright being on all sides.+ When they mass together as one against me,+ It is to take away my soul* that they do scheme.+ 14 But I—in you I have put my trust, O Jehovah.+ I have said: “You are my God.”*+ 15 My times are in your hand.+ Deliver me from the hand of my enemies and from those pursuing me.+ 16 Do cause your face to shine upon your servant.+ Save me in your loving-kindness.+ 17 O Jehovah, may I not be ashamed, for I have called on you.+ May the wicked ones be ashamed;+ May they keep silent in Sheʹol.+ 18 May false lips become speechless,+ That are speaking against the righteous one,+ unrestrainedly in haughtiness and contempt.+ 19 How abundant your goodness is,+ which you have treasured up for those fearing you!+ [Which] you have rendered to those taking refuge in you, In front of the sons of men.*+ 20 You will conceal them in the secret place of your person*+ From the banding together of men.*+ You will hide them in your booth from the quarreling of tongues.+ 21 Blessed be Jehovah,*+ For he has rendered wonderful loving-kindness+ to me in a city under stress.+ 22 As for me, I said when I became panicky:+ “I shall certainly be exterminated from in front of your eyes.”+ Surely you have heard the voice of my entreaties when I cried to you for help.+ 23 O love Jehovah,* all YOU loyal ones of his.+ The faithful ones Jehovah* is safeguarding,+ But he is rewarding exceedingly anyone showing haughtiness.+ 24 Be courageous, and may YOUR heart be strong,+ All YOU who are waiting for Jehovah.*+
^ “The God of truth.” Or, “the true God.” Heb., ʼEl ʼemethʹ.
^ Lit., “vanities.”
^ Or, “loyal love.”
^ Or, “missing.”
^ Or, “my life.” Heb., naph·shiʹ; Gr., psy·khenʹ; Lat., aʹni·mam.
^ “My God.” Heb., ʼElo·haiʹ.
^ Or, “earthling men.” Heb., ʼa·dhamʹ.
^ “Men.” Heb., ʼish.