31 I come to you, Lord, for protection. Don’t let me be ashamed. Do as you have promised and rescue me. 2 Listen to my prayer and hurry to save me. Be my mighty rock[a] and the fortress where I am safe.
3 You, Lord God, are my mighty rock and my fortress. Lead me and guide me, so that your name will be honored. 4 Protect me from hidden traps and keep me safe. 5 You are faithful, and I trust you because you rescued me.
6 I hate the worshipers of worthless idols, but I trust you, Lord. 7 I celebrate and shout because you are kind. You saw all my suffering, and you cared for me. 8 You kept me from the hands of my enemies, and you set me free.
9 Have pity, Lord! I am hurting and almost blind. My whole body aches. 10 I have known only sorrow all my life long, and I suffer year after year. I am weak from sin, and my bones are limp.
11 My enemies insult me. Neighbors are even worse, and I disgust my friends. People meet me on the street, and they turn and run. 12 I am completely forgotten like someone dead. I am merely a broken dish. 13 I hear the crowds whisper, “Everyone is afraid!” They are plotting and scheming to murder me.
14 But I trust you, Lord, and I claim you as my God. 15 My life is in your hands. Save me from enemies who hunt me down. 16 Smile on me, your servant. Have pity and rescue me.
17 I pray only to you. Don’t disappoint me. Disappoint my cruel enemies until they lie silent in their graves. 18 Silence those proud liars! Make them stop bragging and insulting your people.
19 You are wonderful, and while everyone watches, you store up blessings for all who honor and trust you. 20 You are their shelter from harmful plots, and you are their protection from vicious gossip.
21 I will praise you, Lord, for showing great kindness when I was like a city under attack. 22 I was terrified and thought, “They’ve chased me far away from you!” But you answered my prayer when I shouted for help.
23 All who belong to the Lord, show how you love him. The Lord protects the faithful, but he severely punishes everyone who is proud. 24 All who trust the Lord, be cheerful and strong.
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