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Psalm 71

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David, in confidence of faith, and experience of God's favour, prays both for himself, and against the enemies of his soul.

71:1 In you, Yahweh, I take refuge.
Never let me be disappointed.

71:2 Deliver me in your righteousness, and rescue me.
Turn your ear to me, and save me.

71:3 Be to me a rock of refuge to which I may always go.
Give the command to save me,
for you are my rock and my fortress.

71:4 Rescue me, my God, from the hand of the wicked,
from the hand of the unrighteous and cruel man.

71:5 For you are my hope, Lord Yahweh;
my confidence from my youth.

71:6 I have relied on you from the womb.
You are he who took me out of my motherís womb.
I will always praise you.

71:7 I am a marvel to many,
but you are my strong refuge.

71:8 My mouth shall be filled with your praise,
with your honor all the day.

71:9 Donít reject me in my old age.
Donít forsake me when my strength fails.

71:10 For my enemies talk about me.
Those who watch for my soul conspire together,

71:11 saying, ďGod has forsaken him.
Pursue and take him, for no one will rescue him.Ē

71:12 God, donít be far from me.
My God, hurry to help me.

71:13 Let my accusers be disappointed and consumed.
Let them be covered with disgrace and scorn who want to harm me.

He promises constancy.

71:14 But I will always hope,
and will add to all of your praise.

71:15 My mouth will tell about your righteousness,
and of your salvation all day,
though I donít know its full measure.

71:16 I will come with the mighty acts of the Lord Yahweh.
I will make mention of your righteousness, even of yours alone.

He prays for perseverance.

71:17 God, you have taught me from my youth.
Until now, I have declared your wondrous works.

71:18 Yes, even when I am old and gray-haired, God, donít forsake me,
until I have declared your strength to the next generation,
your might to everyone who is to come.

He praises God, and promises to do it cheerfully.

71:19 Your righteousness also, God, reaches to the heavens;
you have done great things.
God, who is like you?

71:20 You, who have shown us many and bitter troubles,
you will let me live.
You will bring us up again from the depths of the earth.

71:21 Increase my honor,
and comfort me again.

71:22 I will also praise you with the harp for your faithfulness, my God.
I sing praises to you with the lyre, Holy One of Israel.

71:23 My lips shall shout for joy!
My soul, which you have redeemed, sings praises to you!

71:24 My tongue will also talk about your righteousness all day long,
for they are disappointed, and they are confounded,
who want to harm me.

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