71 In you, Lord, ·is my protection [L I find refuge]. Never let me be ashamed. 2 Because you ·do what is right [are righteous], ·save [protect] and rescue me; ·listen [L extend your ear] to me and ·save me [give me victory]. 3 Be my ·place of safety [L rock of refuge] where I can always come. Give the command to ·save me [give me victory], because you are my rock and my ·strong, walled city [fortress]. 4 My God, ·save [rescue] me from the ·power [L hand] of the wicked and from the ·hold [grasp; L palm] of evil and cruel people. 5 Lord, you are my hope. Lord, I have ·trusted [had confidence in] you since I was young. 6 I have ·depended [L leaned] on you ·since I was born [L from the belly; C the womb]; you ·helped me even on the day of my birth [brought me forth/cut off my umbilical cord from my mother’s innards]. I will always praise you.
7 I am an ·example [portent] to many people, because you are my strong ·protection [refuge]. 8 ·I am always praising you [L My mouth is filled with your praise]; all day long I ·honor [glorify] you. 9 Do not ·reject me [cast me off] when I am old; do not ·leave [abandon; forsake] me when my strength is ·gone [exhausted]. 10 My enemies ·make plans [speak] against me, and they ·meet [take counsel] together to kill me. 11 They say, “God has ·left [abandoned; forsaken] him. ·Go after [Pursue; Persecute] him and ·take [capture] him, because no one will ·save [protect] him.”
12 God, don’t be far off. My God, hurry to help me. 13 Let those who accuse me be ashamed and ·destroyed [annihilated]. Let those who are ·trying [seeking] to hurt me be covered with shame and disgrace. 14 But I will always have hope and will praise you more and more. 15 ·I will tell how you do what is right [L My mouth will recount your righteousness]. I will tell about your ·salvation [victory] all day long, even though ·it is more than I can tell [L I do not know the number]. 16 I will come and tell about your powerful works, Lord God. I will remind people ·that only you do what is right [L that you alone are righteous].
17 God, you have taught me since I was young. To this day I tell ·about the miracles you do [of your wonderful works]. 18 Even though I am old and gray, do not ·leave [abandon; forsake] me, God. I will tell ·the children [L a generation, to all that come] about your ·power [L arm]; I will tell of your might.
19 God, your ·justice [righteousness] reaches to the ·skies [L high heavens]. You have done great things; God, there is no one like you. 20 You have ·given [L shown] me ·many troubles [much distress] and bad times, but you will give me life again. ·When I am almost dead [L From the depths of the earth], you ·will keep me alive [L again bring me up]. 21 You will make me greater than ever, and you will comfort me again.
22 I will ·praise [thank] you with the harp. ·I trust you […for your faithfulness], my God. I will ·sing to [make a psalm for] you with the lyre, Holy One of Israel. 23 ·I will [L My lips] shout for joy when I ·sing praises to [make a psalm for] you. You have ·saved [redeemed] me. 24 ·I [L My tongue] will tell about your ·justice [righteousness] all day long. And those who ·want [seek] to hurt me will be ·ashamed [scorned and reproached] and disgraced.
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