For the choir director. A Psalm of David; for a memorial.
70 O God, hasten to deliver me; O Lord, hasten to my help! 2 Let those be ashamed and humiliated Who seek my [a]life; Let those be turned back and dishonored Who delight [b]in my hurt. 3 Let those be [c]turned back because of their shame Who say, “Aha, aha!”
4 Let all who seek You rejoice and be glad in You; And let those who love Your salvation say continually, “Let God be magnified.” 5 But I am afflicted and needy; Hasten to me, O God! You are my help and my deliverer; O Lord, do not delay.
Prayer of an Old Man for Deliverance.
71 In You, O Lord, I have taken refuge; Let me never be ashamed. 2 In Your righteousness deliver me and rescue me; Incline Your ear to me and save me. 3 Be to me a rock of habitation to which I may continually come; You have given commandment to save me, For You are my [d]rock and my fortress. 4 Rescue me, O my God, out of the hand of the wicked, Out of the [e]grasp of the wrongdoer and ruthless man, 5 For You are my hope; O Lord [f]God, You are my confidence from my youth. 6 [g]By You I have been sustained from my birth; You are He who took me from my mother’s womb; My praise is continually [h]of You.
7 I have become a marvel to many, For You are my strong refuge. 8 My mouth is filled with Your praise And with Your glory all day long. 9 Do not cast me off in the time of old age; Do not forsake me when my strength fails. 10 For my enemies have spoken [i]against me; And those who watch for my [j]life have consulted together, 11 Saying, “God has forsaken him; Pursue and seize him, for there is no one to deliver.”
12 O God, do not be far from me; O my God, hasten to my help! 13 Let those who are adversaries of my soul be ashamed and consumed; Let them be covered with reproach and dishonor, who seek [k]to injure me. 14 But as for me, I will hope continually, And will [l]praise You yet more and more. 15 My mouth shall tell of Your righteousness And of Your salvation all day long; For I do not know the [m]sum of them. 16 I will come with the mighty deeds of the Lord [n]God; I will make mention of Your righteousness, Yours alone.
17 O God, You have taught me from my youth, And I still declare Your wondrous deeds. 18 And even when I amold and gray, O God, do not forsake me, Until I declare Your [o]strength to this generation, Your power to all who are to come. 19 [p]For Your righteousness, O God, reaches to the [q]heavens, You who have done great things; O God, who is like You? 20 You who have shown [r]me many troubles and distresses Will revive [s]me again, And will bring [t]me up again from the depths of the earth. 21 May You increase my greatness And turn tocomfort me.
22 I will also praise You with [u]a harp, Even Your [v]truth, O my God; To You I will sing praises with the lyre, O Holy One of Israel. 23 My lips will shout for joy when I sing praises to You; And my soul, which You have redeemed. 24 My tongue also will utter Your righteousness all day long; For they are ashamed, for they are humiliated who seek [w]my hurt.
The Reign of the Righteous King.
A Psalm of Solomon.
72 Give the king Your judgments, O God, And Your righteousness to the king’s son. 2 [x]May [y]he judge Your people with righteousness And [z]Your afflicted with justice. 3 [aa]Let the mountains bring [ab]peace to the people, And the hills, in righteousness. 4 [ac]May he vindicate the [ad]afflicted of the people, Save the children of the needy And crush the oppressor.
5 [ae]Let them fear You while the sun endures, And [af]as long as the moon, throughout all generations. 6 [ag]May he come down like rain upon the mown grass, Like showers that water the earth. 7 In his days [ah]may the righteous flourish, And abundance of peace till the moon is no more.
8 May he also rule from sea to sea And from the River to the ends of the earth. 9 [ai]Let the nomads of the desert bow before him, And his enemies lick the dust. 10 [aj]Let the kings of Tarshish and of the [ak]islands bring presents; The kings of Sheba and Seba offer [al]gifts. 11 [am]And let all kings bow down before him, All nations serve him.
12 For he will deliver the needy when he cries for help, The [an]afflicted also, and him who has no helper. 13 He will have compassion on the poor and needy, And the [ao]lives of the needy he will save. 14 He will [ap]rescue their [aq]life from oppression and violence, And their blood will be precious in his sight; 15 So may he live, and may the gold of Sheba be given to him; And let [ar]them pray for him continually; Let [as]them bless him all day long.
16 May there be abundance of grain in the earth on top of the mountains; Its fruit will wave like the cedars ofLebanon; And may those from the city flourish like vegetation of the earth. 17 May his name endure forever; May his name [at]increase [au]as long as the sun shines; And let menbless themselves by him; Let all nations call him blessed.
18 Blessed be the Lord God, the God of Israel, Who alone works wonders. 19 And blessed be His glorious name forever; And may the whole earth be filled with His glory. Amen, and Amen.
20 The prayers of David the son of Jesse are ended.
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