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Psalm 71(A)

In You, O Lord, I seek refuge;
    may I never be put to shame.
Deliver me in Your righteousness and help me escape;
    incline Your ear to me and save me.
Be my rock of refuge
    to enter continually;
You have given commandment to save me;
    for You are my rock and my stronghold.
Deliver me, O my God, out of the hand of the wicked,
    out of the hand of the unjust and cruel man.

For You are my hope, O Lord God;
    You are my confidence from my youth.
On You I have supported myself from the womb;
    You took me out of my mother’s womb.
    My praise will continually be about You.
I am like a wondrous sign to many;
    You are my strong refuge.
My mouth will be filled with Your praise
    and with Your glory all the day.

Do not cast me off in the time of old age;
    do not forsake me when my strength fails.
10 For my enemies speak against me;
    and those who watch for my life take counsel together,
11 saying, “God has forsaken him;
    pursue and catch him,
    for there is none to deliver him.”
12 O God, do not be far from me;
    O my God, act quickly to help me.
13 May the adversaries of my life be ashamed and confused;
    may those who seek my harm
    be enveloped in scorn and dishonor.

14 But I will hope continually,
    and will add to all Your praise.

15 My mouth will declare Your righteousness
    and Your salvation all the day,
    for I cannot know their numbers.
16 I will go in the strength of the Lord God;
    I will make mention of Your righteousness, of Yours only.
17 O God, You have taught me from my youth;
    and until now I have proclaimed Your wondrous works.
18 Now also when I am old and gray,
    O God, do not forsake me,
until I have proclaimed Your strength to this generation,
    and Your power to everyone who is to come.

19 Your righteousness, O God, reaches to the heights;
    You have done great deeds;
    O God, who is like You?
20 You who have shown me great distresses and troubles
    will revive me again,
and will bring me up again
    from the depths of the earth.
21 You will increase my greatness,
    and You will encircle and comfort me.

22 I will give You thanks with the harp,
    even Your truth, O my God;
to You I will sing with the lyre,
    O Holy One of Israel.
23 My lips will rejoice
    when I sing to You,
    and my soul, which You have redeemed.
24 My tongue also will speak of Your righteousness
    all the day long;
for those who seek my harm are ashamed,
    for they have been put to shame.