Be merciful to me, Lord, for I am in distress;(A)
    my eyes grow weak with sorrow,(B)
    my soul and body(C) with grief.
10 My life is consumed by anguish(D)
    and my years by groaning;(E)
my strength fails(F) because of my affliction,[a](G)
    and my bones grow weak.(H)
11 Because of all my enemies,(I)
    I am the utter contempt(J) of my neighbors(K)
and an object of dread to my closest friends—
    those who see me on the street flee from me.
12 I am forgotten as though I were dead;(L)
    I have become like broken pottery.
13 For I hear many whispering,(M)
    “Terror on every side!”(N)
They conspire against me(O)
    and plot to take my life.(P)

14 But I trust(Q) in you, Lord;
    I say, “You are my God.”
15 My times(R) are in your hands;
    deliver me from the hands of my enemies,
    from those who pursue me.
16 Let your face shine(S) on your servant;
    save me in your unfailing love.(T)
17 Let me not be put to shame,(U) Lord,
    for I have cried out to you;
but let the wicked be put to shame
    and be silent(V) in the realm of the dead.
18 Let their lying lips(W) be silenced,
    for with pride and contempt
    they speak arrogantly(X) against the righteous.

19 How abundant are the good things(Y)
    that you have stored up for those who fear you,
that you bestow in the sight of all,(Z)
    on those who take refuge(AA) in you.
20 In the shelter(AB) of your presence you hide(AC) them
    from all human intrigues;(AD)
you keep them safe in your dwelling
    from accusing tongues.

21 Praise be to the Lord,(AE)
    for he showed me the wonders of his love(AF)
    when I was in a city under siege.(AG)
22 In my alarm(AH) I said,
    “I am cut off(AI) from your sight!”
Yet you heard my cry(AJ) for mercy
    when I called to you for help.

23 Love the Lord, all his faithful people!(AK)
    The Lord preserves those who are true to him,(AL)
    but the proud he pays back(AM) in full.
24 Be strong and take heart,(AN)
    all you who hope in the Lord.

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  1. Psalm 31:10 Or guilt

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