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An Evening Prayer

For the director of music. With stringed instruments. A psalm of David.

Answer me when I pray to you,
    my God who does what is right.
Make things easier for me when I am in trouble.
    Have mercy on me and hear my prayer.

People, how long will you turn my honor into shame?
    How long will you love what is false and look for new lies? Selah
You know that the Lord has chosen for himself those who are loyal to him.
    The Lord listens when I pray to him.
When you are angry, do not sin.
    Think about these things quietly
    as you go to bed. Selah
Do what is right as a sacrifice to the Lord
    and trust the Lord.

Many people ask,
    “Who will give us anything good?”
    Lord, be kind to us.
But you have made me very happy,
    happier than they are,
    even with all their grain and new wine.
I go to bed and sleep in peace,
    because, Lord, only you keep me safe.

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