71 Lord, I have come to you for protection; never let me be defeated! 2 Because you are righteous, help me and rescue me. Listen to me and save me! 3 Be my secure shelter and a strong fortress[a] to protect me; you are my refuge and defense.
4 My God, rescue me from wicked people, from the power of cruel and evil people. 5 Sovereign Lord, I put my hope in you; I have trusted in you since I was young. 6 I have relied on you all my life; you have protected[b] me since the day I was born. I will always praise you.
7 My life has been an example to many, because you have been my strong defender. 8 All day long I praise you and proclaim your glory. 9 Do not reject me now that I am old; do not abandon me now that I am feeble. 10 My enemies want to kill me; they talk and plot against me. 11 They say, “God has abandoned him; let's go after him and catch him; there is no one to rescue him.”
12 Don't stay so far away, O God; my God, hurry to my aid! 13 May those who attack me be defeated and destroyed. May those who try to hurt me be shamed and disgraced. 14 I will always put my hope in you; I will praise you more and more.
Psalm 71:3One ancient translation a strong fortress; Hebrew to go always you commanded.
Psalm 71:6Some ancient translations protected; Hebrew unclear.
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