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Psalm 31 :: New Living Translation (NLT)

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Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 31:1 - For the choir director: A psalm of David.

O LORD, I have come to you for protection;
don’t let me be disgraced.
Save me, for you do what is right.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 31:2 - Turn your ear to listen to me;
rescue me quickly.
Be my rock of protection,
a fortress where I will be safe.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 31:3 - You are my rock and my fortress.
For the honor of your name, lead me out of this danger.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 31:4 - Pull me from the trap my enemies set for me,
for I find protection in you alone.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 31:5 - I entrust my spirit into your hand.
Rescue me, LORD, for you are a faithful God.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 31:6 - I hate those who worship worthless idols.
I trust in the LORD.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 31:7 - I will be glad and rejoice in your unfailing love,
for you have seen my troubles,
and you care about the anguish of my soul.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 31:8 - You have not handed me over to my enemies
but have set me in a safe place.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 31:9 - Have mercy on me, LORD, for I am in distress.
Tears blur my eyes.
My body and soul are withering away.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 31:10 - I am dying from grief;
my years are shortened by sadness.
Sin has drained my strength;
I am wasting away from within.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 31:11 - I am scorned by all my enemies
and despised by my neighbors—
even my friends are afraid to come near me.
When they see me on the street,
they run the other way.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 31:12 - I am ignored as if I were dead,
as if I were a broken pot.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 31:13 - I have heard the many rumors about me,
and I am surrounded by terror.
My enemies conspire against me,
plotting to take my life.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 31:14 - But I am trusting you, O LORD,
saying, “You are my God!”
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 31:15 - My future is in your hands.
Rescue me from those who hunt me down relentlessly.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 31:16 - Let your favor shine on your servant.
In your unfailing love, rescue me.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 31:17 - Don’t let me be disgraced, O LORD,
for I call out to you for help.
Let the wicked be disgraced;
let them lie silent in the grave.[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 31:18 - Silence their lying lips—
those proud and arrogant lips that accuse the godly.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 31:19 - How great is the goodness
you have stored up for those who fear you.
You lavish it on those who come to you for protection,
blessing them before the watching world.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 31:20 - You hide them in the shelter of your presence,
safe from those who conspire against them.
You shelter them in your presence,
far from accusing tongues.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 31:21 - Praise the LORD,
for he has shown me the wonders of his unfailing love.
He kept me safe when my city was under attack.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 31:22 - In panic I cried out,
“I am cut off from the LORD!”
But you heard my cry for mercy
and answered my call for help.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 31:23 - Love the LORD, all you godly ones!
For the LORD protects those who are loyal to him,
but he harshly punishes the arrogant.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 31:24 - So be strong and courageous,
all you who put your hope in the LORD!
NLT Footnotes
Hebrew in Sheol.

Holy Bible, New Living Translation copyright © 1996, 2004, 2007 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.

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