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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.