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The Lord Is My Fortress

91 Live under the protection
    of God Most High
    and stay in the shadow
    of God All-Powerful.
Then you will say to the Lord,
“You are my fortress,
    my place of safety;
    you are my God,
    and I trust you.”

The Lord will keep you safe
from secret traps
    and deadly diseases.
He will spread his wings
over you
    and keep you secure.
    His faithfulness is like
    a shield or a city wall.[a]

You won’t need to worry
about dangers at night
    or arrows during the day.
And you won’t fear diseases
that strike in the dark
    or sudden disaster at noon.

You will not be harmed,
    though thousands fall
    all around you.
And with your own eyes
you will see
    the punishment
    of the wicked.
The Lord Most High
    is your fortress.
Run to him for safety,
10     and no terrible disasters
    will strike you
    or your home.

11 God will command his angels
to protect you
    wherever you go.
12 They will carry you
    in their arms,
    and you won’t hurt your feet
    on the stones.
13 You will overpower
the strongest lions
    and the most deadly snakes.

14 The Lord says,
“If you love me
    and truly know who I am,
    I will rescue you
    and keep you safe.
15 When you are in trouble,
    call out to me.
I will answer and be there
    to protect and honor you.
16     You will live a long life
    and see my saving power.”

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Footnotes

  1. 91.4 city wall: One possible meaning for a difficult Hebrew word; it may possibly mean some kind of shield or weapon.

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