31 Lord, I ·trust [seek refuge] in you; let me never be ·disgraced [shamed]. ·Save [Rescue; T Deliver] me ·because you do what is right [in your righteousness]. 2 ·Listen [L Incline your ear] to me and ·save [rescue; T deliver] me quickly. Be my rock of ·protection [refuge], a strong ·city [fortress] to save me. 3 You are my rock and my ·protection [fortress]. For the ·good [sake] of your name, lead me and guide me. 4 Set me free from the ·trap [snare; net] they ·set [hid] for me, because you are my ·protection [refuge]. 5 ·I give you my life [L Into your hand I commend my spirit; Luke 23:46]. ·Save [Redeem; or You have redeemed] me, Lord, ·God of truth [or faithful God].
6 I hate those who ·worship [serve; have concern for] ·false [worthless] gods. I ·trust [have confidence] only in the Lord. 7 I will be glad and rejoice in your ·love [loyalty; covenant love], because you saw my ·suffering [affliction]; you knew ·my troubles [the distress of my soul]. 8 You have not handed me over to my enemies but have ·set me in a safe place [L made my feet stand in a broad place].
9 Lord, ·have mercy [be gracious], because I am in ·misery [distress; trouble]. My eyes ·are weak [waste away; are dim] from so much crying, ·and my whole being is tired [L as is my soul and my body] from grief. 10 My life is ending in ·sadness [sorrow], and my years are spent ·in crying [L with sighs/moans]. My ·troubles are using up my strength [L strength stumbles in my affliction/misery], and my bones ·are getting weaker [waste away]. 11 Because of all my ·troubles [distress], my enemies ·hate [scorn] me, and even my neighbors look down on me. When my ·friends [acquaintances] see me in public, they are afraid and ·run [flee]. 12 I am like a piece of a broken pot. I am forgotten as if I were dead. 13 I have heard many ·insults [threats]. Terror is all around me. They make plans against me and ·want [plot] to kill me.
14 Lord, I ·trust [have confidence in] you. I have said, “You are my God.” 15 My ·life is [times/fortunes are] in your hands. ·Save [Rescue; T Deliver] me from my enemies and from those who are ·chasing [pursuing] me. 16 ·Show your kindness to me, [Shine your face on] your servant [Num. 6:25]. Save me because of your ·love [loyalty; covenant love]. 17 Lord, I ·called [prayed] to you, so do not let me be ·disgraced [shamed]. Let the wicked be ·disgraced [shamed] and lie silent in ·the grave [or the underworld; L Sheol]. 18 With pride and hatred they speak against ·those who do right [the righteous]. So silence their lying lips.
19 How great is your goodness that you have stored up for those who fear you, that you have ·given to [L accomplished for] those who ·trust [have confidence in] you. ·You do this for all to see [L …before humanity]. 20 You ·protect [hide] them ·by your [L in the shelter of your] presence from what people plan against them. You ·shelter them [L store them in shelter] from ·evil words [contentious/accusing tongues]. 21 ·Praise [Blessed be] the Lord. His ·love [loyalty; covenant love] to me was wonderful when ·my city was attacked [or I was like a city under siege]. 22 In my ·distress [alarm], I said, “·God cannot see me [L I am cut off from your eyes]!” But you heard my ·prayer [supplication] when I cried out to you for help. 23 Love the Lord, all you ·who belong to him [loyal ones; saints]. The Lord protects those who ·truly believe [are faithful], but he ·punishes [repays] ·the proud as much as they have sinned [L those who act with pride]. 24 All you who ·put your hope in [wait for] the Lord be strong and ·brave [L let your heart be courageous].
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