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Psalm 61 Good News Translation (GNT)

A Prayer for Protection[a]

61 Hear my cry, O God;
    listen to my prayer!
In despair and far from home
    I call to you!

Take me to a safe refuge,
    for you are my protector,
    my strong defense against my enemies.

Let me live in your sanctuary all my life;
    let me find safety under your wings.
You have heard my promises, O God,
    and you have given me what belongs to those who honor you.

Add many years to the king's life;
    let him live on and on!
May he rule forever in your presence, O God;
    protect him with your constant love and faithfulness.

So I will always sing praises to you,
    as I offer you daily what I have promised.


  1. Psalm 61:1 HEBREW TITLE: By David.
Good News Translation (GNT)

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Psalm 61 New International Version (NIV)

Psalm 61[a]

For the director of music. With stringed instruments. Of David.

Hear my cry, O God;
    listen to my prayer.

From the ends of the earth I call to you,
    I call as my heart grows faint;
    lead me to the rock that is higher than I.
For you have been my refuge,
    a strong tower against the foe.

I long to dwell in your tent forever
    and take refuge in the shelter of your wings.[b]
For you, God, have heard my vows;
    you have given me the heritage of those who fear your name.

Increase the days of the king’s life,
    his years for many generations.
May he be enthroned in God’s presence forever;
    appoint your love and faithfulness to protect him.

Then I will ever sing in praise of your name
    and fulfill my vows day after day.


  1. Psalm 61:1 In Hebrew texts 61:1-8 is numbered 61:2-9.
  2. Psalm 61:4 The Hebrew has Selah (a word of uncertain meaning) here.
New International Version (NIV)

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