Psalm 31[a](A)

For the director of music. A psalm of David.

In you, Lord, I have taken refuge;(B)
    let me never be put to shame;
    deliver me in your righteousness.(C)
Turn your ear to me,(D)
    come quickly to my rescue;(E)
be my rock of refuge,(F)
    a strong fortress to save me.
Since you are my rock and my fortress,(G)
    for the sake of your name(H) lead and guide me.
Keep me free from the trap(I) that is set for me,
    for you are my refuge.(J)
Into your hands I commit my spirit;(K)
    deliver me, Lord, my faithful God.(L)

I hate those who cling to worthless idols;(M)
    as for me, I trust in the Lord.(N)
I will be glad and rejoice in your love,
    for you saw my affliction(O)
    and knew the anguish(P) of my soul.
You have not given me into the hands(Q) of the enemy
    but have set my feet in a spacious place.(R)

Be merciful to me, Lord, for I am in distress;(S)
    my eyes grow weak with sorrow,(T)
    my soul and body(U) with grief.
10 My life is consumed by anguish(V)
    and my years by groaning;(W)
my strength fails(X) because of my affliction,[b](Y)
    and my bones grow weak.(Z)
11 Because of all my enemies,(AA)
    I am the utter contempt(AB) of my neighbors(AC)
and an object of dread to my closest friends—
    those who see me on the street flee from me.
12 I am forgotten as though I were dead;(AD)
    I have become like broken pottery.
13 For I hear many whispering,(AE)
    “Terror on every side!”(AF)
They conspire against me(AG)
    and plot to take my life.(AH)

14 But I trust(AI) in you, Lord;
    I say, “You are my God.”
15 My times(AJ) are in your hands;
    deliver me from the hands of my enemies,
    from those who pursue me.
16 Let your face shine(AK) on your servant;
    save me in your unfailing love.(AL)
17 Let me not be put to shame,(AM) Lord,
    for I have cried out to you;
but let the wicked be put to shame
    and be silent(AN) in the realm of the dead.
18 Let their lying lips(AO) be silenced,
    for with pride and contempt
    they speak arrogantly(AP) against the righteous.

19 How abundant are the good things(AQ)
    that you have stored up for those who fear you,
that you bestow in the sight of all,(AR)
    on those who take refuge(AS) in you.
20 In the shelter(AT) of your presence you hide(AU) them
    from all human intrigues;(AV)
you keep them safe in your dwelling
    from accusing tongues.

21 Praise be to the Lord,(AW)
    for he showed me the wonders of his love(AX)
    when I was in a city under siege.(AY)
22 In my alarm(AZ) I said,
    “I am cut off(BA) from your sight!”
Yet you heard my cry(BB) for mercy
    when I called to you for help.

23 Love the Lord, all his faithful people!(BC)
    The Lord preserves those who are true to him,(BD)
    but the proud he pays back(BE) in full.
24 Be strong and take heart,(BF)
    all you who hope in the Lord.

Psalm 32

Of David. A maskil.[c]

Blessed is the one
    whose transgressions are forgiven,
    whose sins are covered.(BG)
Blessed is the one
    whose sin the Lord does not count against them(BH)
    and in whose spirit is no deceit.(BI)

When I kept silent,(BJ)
    my bones wasted away(BK)
    through my groaning(BL) all day long.
For day and night
    your hand was heavy(BM) on me;
my strength was sapped(BN)
    as in the heat of summer.[d]

Then I acknowledged my sin to you
    and did not cover up my iniquity.(BO)
I said, “I will confess(BP)
    my transgressions(BQ) to the Lord.”
And you forgave
    the guilt of my sin.(BR)

Therefore let all the faithful pray to you
    while you may be found;(BS)
surely the rising(BT) of the mighty waters(BU)
    will not reach them.(BV)
You are my hiding place;(BW)
    you will protect me from trouble(BX)
    and surround me with songs of deliverance.(BY)

I will instruct(BZ) you and teach you(CA) in the way you should go;
    I will counsel you with my loving eye on(CB) you.
Do not be like the horse or the mule,
    which have no understanding
but must be controlled by bit and bridle(CC)
    or they will not come to you.
10 Many are the woes of the wicked,(CD)
    but the Lord’s unfailing love
    surrounds the one who trusts(CE) in him.

11 Rejoice in the Lord(CF) and be glad, you righteous;
    sing, all you who are upright in heart!

Footnotes

  1. Psalm 31:1 In Hebrew texts 31:1-24 is numbered 31:2-25.
  2. Psalm 31:10 Or guilt
  3. Psalm 32:1 Title: Probably a literary or musical term
  4. Psalm 32:4 The Hebrew has Selah (a word of uncertain meaning) here and at the end of verses 5 and 7.