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A Prayer for God’s Protection

71 I run to you, Lord,
for protection.
    Don’t disappoint me.
You do what is right,
    so come to my rescue.
    Listen to my prayer
    and keep me safe.
Be my mighty rock,[a]
    the place
where I can always run
    for protection.
Save me by your command!
    You are my mighty rock
    and my fortress.

Come and save me, Lord God,
    from vicious and cruel
    and brutal enemies!
I depend on you,
    and I have trusted you
    since I was young.
I have relied on you[b]
    from the day I was born.
You brought me safely
through birth,
    and I always praise you.

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Footnotes

  1. 71.3 mighty rock: See the note at 18.2.
  2. 71.6 I. . . you: One possible meaning for the difficult Hebrew text.

15 All day long I will tell
the wonderful things you do
    to save your people.
But you have done much more
    than I could possibly know.
16 I will praise you, Lord God,
    for your mighty deeds
    and your power to save.

17 You have taught me
    since I was a child,
    and I never stop telling about
    your marvelous deeds.

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